Mars Rover Curiosity Takes First Drive on Mars
August 23, 2012 4:48 PM
comment(s) - last by
Curiosity's first tire tracks on Mars
NASA engineers also named the Curiosity landing site after the late author Ray Bradbury
Mars rover Curiosity
took its first drive across Martian terrain this week in another round of successful tests for the car-sized space traveler.
Curiosity took part in a series of tests where it performed forward, reverse and turn segments. It moved about 20 feet total from its landing site.
"Curiosity is a much more complex vehicle than earlier Mars rovers," said Pete Theisinger, Curiosity project manager. "The testing and characterization activities during the initial weeks of the mission lay important groundwork for operating our precious national resource with appropriate care."
The Mars rover's latest successful test runs demonstrates its healthy status, and shows that it's ready for the next round of tests. Curiosity will take part in several more days of testing, where the
use of its various instruments
will be the next on the list.
In addition to Curiosity's small trek on Mars, NASA engineers are also celebrating the new name they've given Curiosity's landing site -- Bradbury Landing.
The landing site was named after author Ray Bradbury, who wrote fantasy and science fiction stories (many about Mars). He died June 5 of this year.
"This was not a difficult choice for the science team," said Michael Meyer, NASA program scientist for Curiosity. "Many of us and millions of other readers were inspired in our lives by stories Ray Bradbury wrote to dream of the possibility of life on Mars."
NASA rover Curiosity is a one-ton, nuclear-powered, six-wheeled machine that is also known as the Mars Science Laboratory -- because that's exactly what it is. It was made to explore Martian territory for a two-year period in hopes of discovering that the planet once harbored materials needed for life. The project cost $2.5 billion.
Curiosity launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 26, 2011 and landed on Mars August 6, 2012 at 1:32 a.m. It was a tricky landing procedure, but it was a success and Curiosity's testing has also turned out well so far. In fact, the rover recently
zapped its first rock
on Mars using its laser.
Once testing is complete, Curiosity will drive 1,300 feet to the east-southeast for its first official destination for exploration.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
8/24/2012 1:01:43 PM
rover on Mars doing nowadays?
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
Did You Partake in "Black Friday/Thursday"?
Did You Partake in "Black Friday/Thursday"?
I skipped Thanksgiving to get the Black Thursday deals!
I spent Thanksgiving with friends/family, but I lined up at midnight for the deals!
Skip Thanksgiving? Wait in line? No way, but I'll go out today and see what's left.
I prefer Cyber Monday.
I don't do deal shopping... too much stress, it just isn't worth it.
NASA Rover Curiosity Blasts Its First Rock on Mars
August 20, 2012, 11:46 AM
Curiosity's Camera Project Manager Explains Why MSL Used "Archaic" 2 MP Cameras
August 9, 2012, 1:33 PM
NASA Rover Curiosity Lands Successfully on Mars, To Explore Surface for 2 Years
August 6, 2012, 1:04 PM
Some Dark Side For Your Black Friday: Official Star Wars Ep. VII Trailer Lands
November 28, 2014, 1:02 PM
U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor Team Up for “Integration Training”
November 19, 2014, 9:15 AM
U.S. Marshals Using Fake, Airplane-based Cell Towers to Scan Cell Phones of Americans
November 14, 2014, 9:05 AM
Ford Enlists Wind Energy Corp. to Provide Wind, Solar Energy to Four U.S. Dealerships
November 10, 2014, 10:58 AM
Disney Reveals Star Wars Ep. VII Title -- "The Force Awakens"
November 6, 2014, 3:45 PM
U.S. Navy Lockheed F-35C Completes First Carrier Landing
November 4, 2014, 12:44 PM
Most Popular Articles
Hack of Sony Pictures Indicates Employees Were Pirating Blu-Rays
November 25, 2014, 4:00 PM
Google Caves to Microsoft and Apple's Pet "Patent Troll" Rockstar
November 24, 2014, 3:30 PM
Some High-End Luxury Watchmakers Crack Down Hard on Smartwatch Faces
November 26, 2014, 1:28 AM
Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Have Come in 40% Below Projections
November 24, 2014, 6:58 AM
Xiaomi Aims to be #1 Smartphone OEM Within 10 Years, Apple Urges Caution
November 21, 2014, 9:33 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information