It's been one year since NASA's third and most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, landed on the big red rock.
Pretty much the most advanced and awesome dune buggy and mobile science lab in the solar system, Curiosity is already paying dividends in terms of the scientific discoveries it has returned in the past 12 Earth months, the space agency says.
In addition to sending back more than 70,000 images (you can see some of the best in our one-year retrospective gallery), Curiosity's sample-gathering tools, which include brushes, scoops, and even lasers, are enough to make Inspector Gadget feel permanently inadequate. Combine that with its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) on-board testing facility and you've got a machine built to do serious science. … Read more