Curiosity rover makes tracks on Mars in successful test drive
Since NASA’s Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5, 2012, public excitement and speculation about what the rover will encounter continues to mount. To feed the appetite of the masses, we’ll continue to update our Curiosity gallery with NASA’s latest photos of the red planet, including panorama, composite and computer-generated images.
The next phase of the $2.5 billion mission, and by far the most daunting for Curiosity, will be reaching Mount Sharp. At a height of 3.4 miles, the highest peak of Mount Sharp is taller than Mt. Whitney in California. On its way, the rover will encounter dark dunes, degraded impact craters and other geologic features on the Martian surface of the planet. For updates follow @MarsCuriosity on Twitter.
Mars rover takes first drive; touchdown spot named for Ray Bradbury
By Amina Khan/Los Angeles Times
5:45 p.m. EDT, August 22, 2012
After two weeks of taking stock of its surroundings, the Mars Curiosity rover has taken its first “baby steps” and sent back images of its first tracks, NASA officials said Wednesday.
Engineers sent the commands Tuesday night for this first drive, which took about 16 minutes — mostly spent taking pictures, said lead rover driver Matt Heverly. During the test, the rover moved forward about 4½ meters, turned 120 degrees in place and then backed up 2½ meters — ending up about 6 meters, or roughly 20 feet, from its landing spot. As it moved forward, its boxy head turned from side to side, taking shots of its wheels in the process.
According to Heverly, the tracks in the Martian soil indicate, as expected, that the soil is firm, didn’t cause the rover to sink much and should be great for moving around in.
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Aug 21, 2012 @ 13:55:11
How long is it going to take to make an atmosphere on mars? And start planting forests ect? And then recolanise?
Aug 12, 2012 @ 08:28:52
Great.. but is 2.5 billion worth the lives of starving people in the world?.. Relates to the same psychotic mentality of America shooting a bomb into the moon the size of a double decker bus.. Add that to the spike hair entertainer on the opening historical mars site and it equates that as long as humans are on this planet, we are doomed.. time being the only essence…history only exists whilst the so called human race exists.. Is time on our side for this and other exploratory seemingless wasted money?..Absolutely not.. Think about it.. Our race will not see the adventure the world expects, and if believing we as humans will be living on another planet then the human science is delerious.. ABSOLUTELY OFF THIS PLANET..If ????????????this planet lasts for another 200 years with humans on it, ‘and at least one none gay female to a non gay male left before then’ then to continue the race we will need more than a so called God to save the planet…We will need human total eradication for evolution to take over in another form over millons of years whilst there is still air for us to breath..and a planet that is still in one piece. Fact not fiction.. If you think otherwise you are playing with yourself.. literally.
Aug 12, 2012 @ 15:28:53
Go girl. right on wooohooo. I love the cause why not get it started by ending the life of one worthless parasitic human. YOU
Aug 12, 2012 @ 01:59:28
I want Ask you a question… so we can breath inside the mars atomosphere? if we can breath over there.. we can live also there.. how about water… is there any water river?