NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” rover performed its first test drive Aug. 22, confirming its full mobility before it begins a 400-meter trek to a spot dubbed “Glenelg,” its first remote science destination. Matt Heverly, the engineering systems manager for the MSL, told reporters that the rover initiated its first test drive at 7:17 a.m. PDT. Curiosity moved 4 meters forward, performed a 120-deg. turn-in-place, and then moved 2 1/2 meters backward. The maneuver took 16 min. — ...

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