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NASA's Curiosity Marks It's 3rd Anniversary On Mars And Sent Us These Photographs

6th August 2012 was a crucial day when NASA's Curiosity (rover) made a historic landing on the Red Planet. It's been three years that NASA sent it's car-sized spacecraft to investigate the Martian climate and geology. The rover is further exploring the possibilities of the environmental conditions favorable for microbial life on Mars. Curiosity is the fourth unmanned surface rover of NASA sent to Mars since 1996.

In these three years, Curiosity has made many significant discoveries including the water below the surface of Mars. And NASA is expecting many more to come. 

Here are some awesome photographs that Curiosity captured in the first three years of roving the Martian surface.

NASA's Curiosity Marks It's 3rd Anniversary On Mars And Sent Us These Photographs

NASA's Curiosity Marks It's 3rd Anniversary On Mars And Sent Us These Photographs

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Curiosity was launched on 26 November 2011 from Cape Canaveral.

Curiosity was launched on 26 November 2011 from Cape Canaveral.

The base of Mount Sharp. It is a little larger than Mount Rainier on Earth.

The base of Mount Sharp. It is a little larger than Mount Rainier on Earth.

A panoramic view of Mount Sharp.

A panoramic view of Mount Sharp.

The picture captured when the rover was at the site of Rocknest in 2012.

The picture captured when the rover was at the site of Rocknest in 2012.

Curiosity used its Mast Camera to record the view of a rock outcrop.

Curiosity used its Mast Camera to record the view of a rock outcrop.

Self-portrait of Curiosity in Gale Crater on the surface of Mars.

Self-portrait of Curiosity in Gale Crater on the surface of Mars.

A killer shot of Martian landscape.

A killer shot of Martian landscape.

A hole while Curiosity was collecting soil samples in April of 2014.

A hole while Curiosity was collecting soil samples in April of 2014.

Marks of Rover's track on the surface of Mars.

Marks of Rover's track on the surface of Mars.

An example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment.

An example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment.

Sedimentary layers on Martian rock.

Sedimentary layers on Martian rock.

Rover during it's mini-drill test.

Rover during it's mini-drill test.

Garden City at the base of Mount Sharp.

Garden City at the base of Mount Sharp.

Stunning view of Martian sunset.

Stunning view of Martian sunset.

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