As I announced a week or so back introducing the rover to the blog line up, the rover has been up there rolling around for 2 whole years. This robot was built to weather a lot of craziness, but how well is it holding up? He has his scratches, small dents and as you can imagine he is quite the dusty little dude now. But what about all the parts that matter? The instruments, tires, cameras, etc.?
Take a look at what The Verge
had to say about this topic, with cool interactive photos that show the transitions between first landing and now. Look at what two years on Mars did to the Curiosity Rover | The Verge.
Even further, Gizmodo
goes in the details about the engineering and structure of the rovers wheel and suspension system. They also mainly touch on the wear and tear on the tires over the years alone. Not until recently did the conditions start drawing in concerns from the mission team. Take a look at the article Gizmodo
released discussing the tire problem and how they can solve it! Curiosity's Wheels Are Falling Apart (And How We Can Solve It)