August 5, 2013
From One Year on Mars: The Curiosity Rover, one of 26 photos. On Mars, a self-portrait of NASA’s rover Curiosity, combining dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, in this February 3, 2013 image. The rover was positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called “John Klein,” which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. (Reuters/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

From One Year on Mars: The Curiosity Rover, one of 26 photos. On Mars, a self-portrait of NASA’s rover Curiosity, combining dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, in this February 3, 2013 image. The rover was positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called “John Klein,” which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. (Reuters/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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March 12, 2013
From The Mars Desert Research Station, one of 24 photos. Hans van Ot Woud, a mapping researcher and the health and safety officer of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, collects geologic samples to be studied at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) outside Hanksville in the Utah desert, on March 2, 2013. The MDRS aims to investigate the feasibility of a human exploration of Mars and uses the Utah desert’s Mars-like terrain to simulate working conditions on the red planet. Scientists, students and enthusiasts work together developing field tactics and studying the terrain. All outdoor exploration is done wearing spacesuits and carrying air supply packs and crews live together in a small communication base with limited amounts of electricity, food, oxygen and water. Everything needed to survive must be produced, fixed and replaced on site. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

From The Mars Desert Research Station, one of 24 photos. Hans van Ot Woud, a mapping researcher and the health and safety officer of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, collects geologic samples to be studied at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) outside Hanksville in the Utah desert, on March 2, 2013. The MDRS aims to investigate the feasibility of a human exploration of Mars and uses the Utah desert’s Mars-like terrain to simulate working conditions on the red planet. Scientists, students and enthusiasts work together developing field tactics and studying the terrain. All outdoor exploration is done wearing spacesuits and carrying air supply packs and crews live together in a small communication base with limited amounts of electricity, food, oxygen and water. Everything needed to survive must be produced, fixed and replaced on site. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

February 8, 2013
From 9 Years on Mars, one of 30 photos. NASA’s rover Opportunity visits Victoria Crater, viewed from orbit by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in october of 2006. Opportunity is a small dot on the crater’s lip, at top right. Opportunity first reached the crater’s rim on September 27, 2006. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona)

From 9 Years on Mars, one of 30 photos. NASA’s rover Opportunity visits Victoria Crater, viewed from orbit by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in october of 2006. Opportunity is a small dot on the crater’s lip, at top right. Opportunity first reached the crater’s rim on September 27, 2006. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona)

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August 7, 2012
From Curiosity Lands on Mars, one of 31 photos. An image taken by NASA’s Mars science rover Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover — its main science target, Mount Sharp, in this photo released by NASA on August 6, 2012. The rover’s shadow can be seen in the foreground, and the dark bands beyond are dunes. Rising up in the distance is Mount Sharp at a height of about 3.4 miles, taller than Mt. Whitney in California. The Curiosity team hopes to drive the rover to the mountain to investigate its lower layers, which scientists think hold clues to past environmental change. The image has been linearized to remove the distorted appearance that results from its fisheye lens. (Reuters/NASA-JPL-Caltech)

From Curiosity Lands on Mars, one of 31 photos. An image taken by NASA’s Mars science rover Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover — its main science target, Mount Sharp, in this photo released by NASA on August 6, 2012. The rover’s shadow can be seen in the foreground, and the dark bands beyond are dunes. Rising up in the distance is Mount Sharp at a height of about 3.4 miles, taller than Mt. Whitney in California. The Curiosity team hopes to drive the rover to the mountain to investigate its lower layers, which scientists think hold clues to past environmental change. The image has been linearized to remove the distorted appearance that results from its fisheye lens. (Reuters/NASA-JPL-Caltech)

August 3, 2012
From Curiosity Just Days Away From Mars, one of 36 photos. The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, on May 26, 2011, in Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The rover was shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 22, 2011. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

From Curiosity Just Days Away From Mars, one of 36 photos. The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, on May 26, 2011, in Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The rover was shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 22, 2011. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)