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NASA's 'Curiosity' Rover Celebrates A Year On Mars

posted 7 Aug 2013, 03:52 by Mpelembe   [ updated 7 Aug 2013, 03:53 ]
NVO - It's been a year since the Curiosity rover first touched down on Mars. In that time, the rover has used its robotic arm to dig and drill at the red planet --- and determine that yes, it was capable of harboring single cell microbal life.

While it's encouraging news, astronauts aboard the International Space Station say a manned mission to Mars is still a distant dream.

ISS Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg saying:

"I think there's still some work to be done. I am confident we'll get there, but I think there's a lot of things need to think about knowing that it's a trip that can't be resupplied, once you are going, you are going. I think we'll get there eventually, I think right now there's still a lot of work to do."

Next up for the rover is investigating a mound of sediment called Mount Sharp and figuring out which sections of the planet are more hospitable to life.