NASA Curiosity Rover Begins Eastbound Trek On Martian Surface


Soil clinging to the right middle and rear wheels of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill.

“This drive really begins our journey toward the first major driving destination, Glenelg, and it’s nice to see some Martian soil on our wheels,” said mission manager Arthur Amador of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “The drive went beautifully, just as our rover planners designed it.”

Glenelg is a location where three types of terrain intersect. Curiosity’s science team chose it as a likely place to find a first rock target for drilling and analysis.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20120829.html

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