After an eight-month journey, the NASA rover named Curiosity landed on Mars on August 6, 2012. It was sent there on a two-year mission to collect information about the climate and geology, and to see if the environment could sustain life.
Curiosity did so well that the mission was extended indefinitely. And now fans of the red planet can play with a virtual rover.
NASA just developed a new app that is simply called Mars Rover. It's a game where players try not to crash as they drive through Mars' craters and search for water. Players can share that they are playing the game on social media sites and challenge their friends to join them.
NASA hopes the app will get the public more interested in Mars and space exploration. They also want it to help people develop an interest in all of the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Mars Rover is available now for Apple and Android devices. People can play on phones and tablets and there's even a version for desktop gamers. Click here to download it from NASA's Mars website.
P.S. Before the game was released, NASA created interactive visual programs to show us everything that the rover can do. To spark your 'curiosity' about what Mars is really like, check out the 360-degree video so you can see what the rover sees and Experience Curiosity as a 3D simulator that allows you to virtually pilot the rover.