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NASA's Curiosity Rover Celebrates One Year On Mars 69

An anonymous reader writes "The Curiosity rover celebrates one year on Mars today. 'The 1-ton robot has achieved a great deal in its 12 months on Mars, discovering an ancient streambed and gathering enough evidence for mission scientists to declare that the planet could have supported microbial life billions of years ago. And more big finds could be in the offing, as Curiosity is now trekking toward its ultimate science destination: the foothills of a huge and mysterious mountain that preserves, in its many layers, a history of Mars' changing environmental conditions.'"
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Celebrates One Year On Mars

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  • Now you're making it too easy. And I don't mean 1091.

  • Puny Earthlings ! (Score:5, Informative)

    by mbone ( 558574 ) on Monday August 05, 2013 @05:34PM (#44481041)

    And your puny terrestrial years! Curiosity has some time (322 of your weak days, or a mere 313 of our superior Martian sols) before it reaches its first Martian birthday.

    And, since it is now on Mars, that is clearly the birthday that counts.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Not to mention there are over three months a day on Mars. I am of course referring to Phobos months, because f*ck Deimos.
      • by gomiam ( 587421 )
        I suspect Phobos will be fucked earlier: it is expected to collide with Mars or break up into a disk in about 50-100 million years.
  • Meanwhile.... (Score:5, Informative)

    by SYSS Mouse ( 694626 ) on Monday August 05, 2013 @05:34PM (#44481045) Homepage

    Opportunity River has been around for almost 10 (Earth) years there..

  • by Anonymous Coward

  • by Anonymous Coward
    It was one Earth year. Celebrate the real anniversary when Mars completes its year after another 322 or so Earth days.
  • So... (Score:4, Funny)

    by djupedal ( 584558 ) on Monday August 05, 2013 @05:55PM (#44481219)
    Birthdays for anthropomorphized machines is all they got? Isn't it going to be another year before it gets to where it's headed? Wake me when it finds an ancient civilization - that or a fish head.
  • They still haven't made it to Mount Sharp? Holy crap, that was their destination from the moment it landed! Apparently, it's only traveled half a mile in a year and its destination is only 5 miles away. And this will take another 9-12 months with sidetrips?

  • Celebration (Score:5, Funny)

    by PPH ( 736903 ) on Monday August 05, 2013 @06:29PM (#44481491)

    Curiosity wakes up the next morning with a lampshade on its head and Martian hieroglyphics tattooed on its ass.

  • ... of Curiosity in TFA.

    I just wish it would stop referring to itself as Carlos Danger when it posts these.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad