The six meter drive brings happiness in NASA.
The one ton rover was driven remotely over the red planet ‘MARS’ today by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA).
Curiosity passed its driving tests with great colors. The tests like driving forward, turning, taking reverse and coming back were all take over the short 6-meter distance from its original landing place. After some more system test, NASA intends to take Curiosity for a 400-meter drive over the Red Planet for further more exploration.
Project manager Pete Theisinger quoted, “Curiosity is far more complex vehicle than previous Mars rovers. The testing and the characterization work during the initial weeks of the mission lay important groundwork for the precious national resource with appropriate care. Sixteen days in, we are making excellent progress.”
NASA also release the images of the tracks left behind by Curiosity to show its progress. When these pictures were shown to Matt Heverly, Curiosity mission’s main driver, he said that it was an exciting next step for exploration.
NASA also revealed that the landing spot of Curiosity will be named after the late Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury, for he inspired millions with his stories of his dreams of ever possibly living on Mars. The spot will be known from here on as the ‘Bradbury Landing’.