In Pictures: NASA's rover Curiosity's first year on Mars

Images tell the story of the super rover's first year of work on Mars.

Curiosity mosaic It’s been one heck of a year for NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity.

After spending months journeying from Earth to Mars and surviving seven minutes of terror as it descended toward the Martian surface on Aug. 6, 2012, Curiosity, and the NASA team behind it, have been hard at work.

The small SUV-sized rover, with its 10 scientific instruments, 17 cameras and a robotic arm that holds a myriad of tools, is on a mission to discover if Mars has, or has ever had, the ability to hold life, even if only in microscopic form.

After a year of accomplishments and discoveries, NASA researchers hope Curiosity is only just getting started.

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