Six years in the past, on August 5, NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover landed on the purple planet. The car-sized robotic has been conducting science there ever since, trekking the curves of the Gale Crater and transferring up and down Vera Rubin Ridge on Mount Sharp to take snapshots of the Martian panorama and acquire treasured rock samples.
Every 12 months, our six-wheeled buddy celebrates his birthday on Mars and, though he could also be by himself within the desolate, albeit fascinating, alien territory, he’s by no means alone. His loving mother and father at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, California, which constructed and operates the rover, are at all times taking care of the little man, and so are his tens of millions of social media followers.
While Curiosity’s first birthday was celebrated with pomp and elegance — you would possibly recall that, in 2013, the robotic hummed the “Happy Birthday” tune to himself within the cheers of everybody watching from dwelling — this 12 months the rover loved a a lot quieter anniversary, Quartz notes.
For his 6th birthday, the Curiosity rover solely despatched out a tweet to mark the event and made a humorous quip about anniversary presents.
“I touched down on Mars six years ago. Celebrating my 6th landing anniversary with the traditional gift of iron… oxide. (It puts the red in Red Planet.),” Curiosity’s Twitter account posted yesterday morning.
I touched down on #Mars six years in the past. Celebrating my 6th touchdown anniversary with the normal reward of iron… oxide. (It places the purple in Red Planet.) https://t.co/AgssRU46yh pic.twitter.com/IAMa5H4TUG
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) August 5, 2018
Aside from making a witty reference to the customized of gifting objects made out of iron on their 6th wedding ceremony anniversary, Curiosity took a second to remind us what offers Mars its reddish tint.
This brief clip from NASA explains all the things, displaying that Martian landscapes are available many various colours, together with butterscotch, golden, brown, tan, and even greenish. Mars’ colours are influenced by the minerals discovered within the planet’s soil and by the iron content material of Martian rocks, which oxidize and provides off rusty mud, making the sky look pink.
Lots Of Twitter Love
Curiosity’s 6th anniversary on Mars wasn’t forgotten by the rover’s many Twitter followers, who replied to the publish with endearing messages wishing the lovable robotic a contented birthday.
“Happy 6th, Curiosity. Keep rockin’ & rollin’!” somebody wrote.
“Congrats on six years well spent. It was a honor to help you get there!” reads one other tweet.
Some even posted lovable images to have a good time Curiosity’s birthday.
— Javier Tamames Fg (@FgTamames) August 5, 2018
One of Curiosity’s Twitter followers even began reminiscing in regards to the day the intrepid robotic first touched down on Mars six years in the past.
“It feels like yesterday that I sat on my roof and cheered/cried when the tweet came through confirming landing,” she tweeted.
If you’re a serious fan of the Curiosity rover as nicely, you’ll be glad to know that know that now you’ll be able to construct your individual Mars robotic utilizing designs type JPL and despatched it trekking by way of your yard, per a earlier Inquisitr report.
Despite the memes and media reviews that Curiosity has been singing “Happy Birthday” to himself all these years on August 5, the reality is that solely occurred one time, in 2013.
Florence Tan, deputy chief technologist at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, clarified the matter final 12 months in an interview with The Atlantic.
“In a nutshell, there is no scientific gain from the rover playing music or singing ‘Happy Birthday’ on Mars,” Tan stated.
As she defined, the tune makes use of up an excessive amount of of the rover’s vitality, which the nuclear-powered robotic would have the divert away from different actions, reminiscent of his scientific conquests.
“Technically, singing ‘Happy birthday’ to itself only hastens Curiosity’s demise,” notes Quartz.
In case you’re feeling nostalgic, try the video under to see the Curiosity rover sing to himself on his first birthday. (The tune begins at 1:20.)