Rover’s Mars test-drive goes smoothly
LOS ANGELES (MCT) — After two weeks taking stock of its surroundings, the Mars Curiosity rover has taken its first “baby steps” and sent back images of its first tracks, officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Wednesday.
The rover ended up a grand total of about 20 feet from its landing spot over the course of about 16 minutes, said lead rover driver Matt Heverly. During the test, the car-sized machine moved forward about 15 feet, turned 120 degrees in place, then backed up about 3 feet. As it rolled along the Martian surface, the rover’s boxy head turned from side to side, taking shots of its wheels in the process.
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