NASA’s Curiosity rover has actually currently been discovering Mars for 9 years.

The car-sized robotic introduced in November 2011 as well as touched down inside Mars’ 96-mile-wide (154 kilometers) Gale Crater on the evening of Aug. 5, 2012. (The touchdown happened on Aug. 6 Eastern time, however it was still Aug. 5 in The Golden State, where NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which handles Interest’s objective, is based.)