Wed August 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Curiosity Is On A Roll: Makes Its First Movements On Mars

Those tracks to the top and right were made by Curiosity as it moved today.

It didn't go far, but the NASA rover Curiosity has taken its first test drive on Mars.

"This is how I roll," NASA writes (speaking for Curiosity) with a photo it has released showing the rover's first tracks. "Forward 3 meters, 90 [degree] turn, then back. Electric slide, anyone?"

"We have a fully functioning mobility system," NASA engineer Matt Heverly just told reporters. He said Curiosity ended up moving about 4 1/2 meters during today's test. It also did a full revolution going forward, backed up and did another revolution.

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Tue August 21, 2012


Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

What A Blast! Curiosity Tests Its Laser; Zaps Rock 30 Times

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:50 pm

From NASA: A composite image, with "magnified insets," depicting the first laser test by Curiosity.


Mon August 20, 2012


Fri August 17, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

"It's A Heck Of A Big Leap For Me." Bruce McCandless, Astronaut

Bruce McCandless and the iconic photo known around the world
  • Nathan Heffel reports from Lockheed Martin on All Things Considered

Astronaut Bruce McCandless has been involved with the U.S. Space Program for decades. He worked in ground control during Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon in 1969. In 1984, he became the first man to spacewalk untethered in an MMU, or Manned Maneuvering Unit.

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