On Aug. 6, 2012 Curiosity touched down in Mars’ Gale Crater, marking a significant achievement in unmanned interplanetary exploration. To commemorate the rover’s year meandering the red planet, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) released a series of 548 images captured from a fisheye camera mounted on Curiosity’s underbelly. Strung together, the two minute time-lapse shows Curiosity exploring the Martian surface, collecting soil samples and drilling rocks, all while the background scenery hypnotically changes from alien landscape to alien landscape.
Congrats to Curiosity on your year away from home! Share your reflections on Curiosity’s year with the JPL team on Twitter via the hastag #1yearonmars
See the time-lapse below: