NASA’s Mars rover shares ‘rare postcard’ of Red Planet’s landscape

NASA's Curiosity rover has shared a "rare postcard" snap from Mars, capturing the stunning and expansive landscape on the Red Planet.

With the ten-year anniversary of Curiosity's launch coming tomorrow (November 26), the rover's team decided to capture the image as the robotic explorer ventured around the planet's Mount Sharp.

A statement from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory read: "The mission team was so inspired by the beauty of the landscape, they combined two versions of the black-and-white images from different times of the day and added colours to create a rare postcard from the Red Planet."

Colouring technology was used to add blue, orange, and green hues to the jaw-dropping landscape around the peak of Gale Crater.

Curiosity is NASA's fourth Mars Exploration Rover and is no longer the latest as a fifth, Perseverance, touched down on February 18 this year.

The Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity rovers are all now inactive and remain lifeless somewhere amongst Mars' rocky expanse.

Curiosity was launched on November 26, 2011, and has been scouring the Martian landscape since it landed on August 6, 2012.

Staggeringly, it remains in good condition ten years on.

Initially launched as a two-year mission that was extended indefinitely, Curiosity's core aim is to investigate Martian climate and geology, specifically searching a selected site at the Gale Crater for signs of conditions favourable to microbial life.

The rover reached the base of Mount Sharp, a five-mile (8km) upward journey, two years into its mission, and on the way discovered underground lakes and streams.

In August this year, it eventually reached a new site, picked by NASA scientists because of its mineral-rich rocks that may reveal information about the planet's climate.

So far Curiosity has ventured a total of 16 miles (26km) in ten years, climbing over 1,500 feet (460m) from where it first landed in the Gale Crater.

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