Happy 1-Year Anniversary to Curiosity! (Play It Again, SAM!)

Today marks the one (Earth) year anniversary of Curiosity’s landing on Mars, which occurred on at 10:31 p.m PDT August 5 (1:31 p.m. EDT August 6) 2012… hard to believe it’s been a whole year already! But then, with all that the MSL mission has discovered over these past 12 months, it’s also hard to believe it’s only been a year!

Curiosity's first anniversary

Not sure if birthday candles would burn on Mars, but I’ll go with it.

To commemorate the occasion, engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have programmed one of Curiosity’s core science tools, SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars), to “sing” happy birthday to Curiosity using its ability to vibrate its sample chamber at various specific frequencies… i.e., make music. Pretty cool!

Learn more about SAM here.

You can check out some of Curiosity’s most important discoveries on Mars, watch the exciting landing sequence again, see twelve months of MSL’s roving in twelve minutes and lots more on the MSL mission page here. 

Congratulations MSL, and here’s to many more happy anniversaries — and discoveries — for Curiosity!



About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on August 5, 2013, in Mars and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. 2011?


  2. Love the hat, Curiosity!



    Aweome– A year Already!? Thanks. Dr. Ron Rubenzer


  4. Remember watching the landing? Happy Birthday Curiosity!


  5. Happy Birthday Curiosity !!
    And still full of years to go of discoveries to discoveries on Mars…
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)


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