Engineers successfully tested the rover's steering abilities on Monday, and now they're ready to turn its six wheels for the first time since Curiosity landed on Mars on Aug. 5, officials announced today.
Despite a broken wind sensor, NASA prepared its Curiosity rover for a test drive by wiggling four of its six wheels. Wednesday's drive (Curiosity's first on the Red Planet) will take the rover 10 feet and back.
The next step in NASA's exploration of Mars is the test drive of its rover, Curiosity, on Wednesday. Curiosity's mission on Mars is to search for signs of life. The rover's broken wind sensor may make its exploration more challenging.
Lured to the shore by a bumper harvest of krill, blue whales are turning out in large numbers along California's shoreline, much to the delight of those wishing to catch a glimpse of the largest known animal.
A Martian rock dubbed 'Coronation' became the first victim of the Curiosity rover's ChemCam, which vaporizes rocks with a laser and examines the sparks to determine the chemical composition of the Red Planet's surface.
Researchers on an expedition to the South Pacific to discover the fate of Amelia Earhart and her navigator say they have spotted a field of manmade debris in an underwater video taken in waters off the Republic of Kiribati.
Using a rapid-fire laser and telescope instrument called ChemCam, Mars rover Curiosity zaps its 'Coronation' rock, creating sparks of ionized gas that will be used to measure the rock's chemical contents.