Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Ariz

See that red arrow pointing at a barely discernible blip on a screen filled with red nothingness? That, my friends, is the Curiosity rover, as it appeared to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on June 27th, 2013.

From its vantage point in orbit around the Red Planet, the MRO  in corroboration with its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera  was able to capture this truly awesome image of Curiosity whilst it was lurking over the skies directly above Gale Crater (where Curiosity initially touched down in 2012, while the entire world sat with bated breath; waiting to see how the  7 minutes of terror would come to a conclusion).

Now that we are on the verge of celebrating Curiosity's second anniversary of planetary exploration, it's important to remember the milestones. For starters, over the course of its first year on the planet, the rover successfully traversed more than 0.62 miles/one kilometer of Martian terrain (you can easily seen the track marks leading away from Bradbury landing in the image) — an achievement it finally collected in mid-July of 2013.

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