NASA mission controllers late Aug. 21 will send commands for the Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” rover to perform its first short test drive the following evening. Set to take place late Aug. 22, or around 3-4 p.m. Martian time, the rover will move its own length forward (about three meters), turn right and then move backward the same distance. The drive is projected to take 30 min. After the initial movement tests, controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in ...


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