HOUSTON — As of June 24, NASA’s Curiosity rover has logged one Martian year – 687 Earth days – on the surface of the red planet. The $2.5 billion mission quickly achieved one of its primary mission objectives shortly after its 2012 landing, detecting evidence of a past Martian environment conducive to the rise of microbial life at a site dubbed Yellowknife Bay. There Curiosity drilled into "mudstone" revealing mineralogy from a former lake bed once in ...


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