Curiousity Will Become the First Interplanetary Mountaineer
The Mars Science Laboratory aboard Curiosity made news this month, having finally tested out its onboard drill. But there are even bigger goals in the works for Curiosity, such as climbing nearby Mount Sharp. This will be the first time a Mars rover has ever embarked on a mountaineering adventure. It's pretty crazy when you think about it—we're talking about reaching a Martian summit! There is no set date for the beginning of the ascent, but the rover will begin to make its way to base camp in the coming months.