On January 1, the Curiosity rover celebrated its 500th sol (Martian day) on Mars. A few days earlier, it snapped an incredible new photo of 18,000-foot Mt. Sharp. Here is the entire panorama, a mosaic created from several individual images taken by the Mastcam on Dec. 26, 2013 (Sol 494).

To celebrate Curiosity posted this Tweet: "500 Sols of Mars: While Earth celebrates #NewYear2014, midnight on Mars mark my 500th day of operations."

To date, Curiosity has driven nearly 3 miles across the floor of Gale Crater in the 16 months it has been on Mars.

Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS/Marco Di Lorenzo/Ken Kremer- kenkremer.com