AP PHOTOS: Curiosity rover's first year on MarsAugust 6, 2013 @ 12:04 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A year ago, NASA's Curiosity rover survived "seven minutes of terror" and landed safely in an ancient Martian crater.
Like a tourist in a new land, the mobile science laboratory spent its first year sightseeing and exploring its surroundings. It zapped its laser at boulders, drilled into rocks, measured radiation and tracked the weather.
It achieved one of the mission's main goals by finding evidence that Gale Crater once had an environment suitable to support simple life.
The six-wheel, nuclear-powered rover is now headed for a mountain _ a drive that will take many months.
Here's a gallery of images from Curiosity's landing and past year on Mars.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Donate to Treehouse and change the life of a foster child
March for Minimum Wage
$15 minimum wage supporters plan to march from SeaTac to Seattle today
The Holiday Map
Find lights, Santa photos, tree farms, and seasonal events with our holiday map
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.