|Photo from NASA/JPL|
So far, its mission is successful since it has already made one of the findings it was programmed for: to determine whether Mars has ever had conditions conducive to the development of life. After landing in August 2012, Curiosity Rover drilled into the Mars Gale Crater and found evidence of "essential elemental ingredients for life." According to the NASA press release:
"Analysis of these samples revealed the site was once a lakebed with mild water, the essential elemental ingredients for life, and a type of chemical energy source used by some microbes on Earth. If Mars had living organisms, this would have been a good home for them."
The link to the press release on NASA's website:
The press release lists other major findings that have been made in the past Martian year, which would be interesting for students to discuss and then to consider what the scientific and engineering impacts of each finding could be.
The link also has a video (2:34) with an update report. The narrator speaks very clearly and at a slow tempo. So it's useful not only for information, but also for listening comprehension.
For more information from NASA about the Curiosity Rover:
http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/
Here is the link to an article from Time magazine about the "anniversary":