Testing the Arm on Mars

Robert Bigelow

After a month on Mars and after driving about the length of a football field (109 meters), NASA’s Curiosity rover is stopping for a second phase of instrument check out. During the next week Curiosity will perform a series of activities to test and characterize the rover’s robotic arm and the tools on the arm.

This scene shows the surroundings of the location where NASA Mars rover Curiosity arrived on the 29th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 4, 2012). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two days before this planned stop, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter looked down from orbit and captured an image of the rover and its tracks. The image’s color is enhanced to show the surface details better.

Image acquired on 2 September 2012 by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

 

Following instrument check out, Curiosity will continue on its journey to a location named Glenelg where three seemingly different types of terrain meet. Once there, it will use its suite of instruments to analyze this diverse region. After completing its analysis at Glenelg, Curiosity will head toward the mission’s main science targets on the lower layers of Mt. Sharp.

This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 29th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 4, 2012).

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