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Curiosity Prepares for First Test Drive

August 22, 2012
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will take its first test drive on Wednesday, looking to explore if the planet could ever have hosted microbial life. Curiosity will drive around 10 feet, then drive back to its landing site, ending up at a 90-degree angle from where it touched down inside Gale Crater.

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NASA Rover Curiosity Makes First Mars Trip

NASA Rover Curiosity Makes First Mars Trip

AP (Aug. 22, 2012) — The NASA rover Curiosity made its first test drive Wednesday on ancient soil of Mars. The rover moved forward about 15 feet, rotated to a right angle and reversed a short distance. The drive was successful.
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Dating Younger Rocks

Dating Younger Rocks

NASA (Dec. 9, 2013) — Hi I'm John Grotzinger. I'm the project scientist for Mars Science Laboratory mission and this is your Curiosity Rover Report. Curiosity's got some great new findings. We've been able to find a place on Mars where we can actually date a rock. That means we don't have to have astronauts to bring them back to Earth like we did back in the 1960's. We simply drill the rock, put it into the instrument and its able to give us the age at which time the rock formed. One of the big things that Curiosity is trying to do is explore and find organic carbon on Mars.
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Mars Rover Curiosity's First Test Drive Coming Soon

Mars Rover Curiosity's First Test Drive Coming Soon

Newsy (Aug. 15, 2012) — Mars rover Curiosity's first test drive is coming soon after being reprogrammed by NASA to explore the surface of the Red Planet.
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NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Celebrates 1st Anniversary

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Celebrates 1st Anniversary

AFP (Aug. 6, 2013) — The first anniversary of the suspenseful 'sky crane' landing of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on the Red Planet was celebrated at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena yesterday. To mark the occasion, NASA released a timelapse taken by a fish-eye camera in front of the rover, showing Curiosity's activity during its first year in space.
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