Curiosity Is On A Roll: Makes Its First Movements On Mars
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.
NPR's Joe Palca, who has been covering what Curiosity is up to, reported earlier this month on " How This Mission To Mars Is Different From Others."
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