Space

Curiosity enjoys a series of firsts on Mars

By Ted Bonnitt on August 24th, 2012
Curiosity enjoys a series of firsts on Mars
This image shows the tracks left by NASA's Curiosity rover on Aug. 22, 2012, as it completed its first test drive on Mars. The rover went forward 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotated 120 degrees and then reversed 8.2 feet (2.5 meters). Curiosity is now 20 feet (6 meters) from its landing site, named Bradbury Landing. This image was taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera, which has a fisheye lens. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
This image shows the tracks left by NASA's Curiosity rover on Aug. 22, 2012, as it completed its first test drive on Mars. The rover went forward 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotated 120 degrees and then reversed 8.2 feet (2.5 meters). Curiosity is now 20 feet (6 meters) from its landing site, named Bradbury Landing. This image was taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera, which has a fisheye lens. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity rover had a productive week on Mars.

The rolling explorer deployed and flexed its robotic arm, laser zapped a rock and rolled off Bradbury Landing.

Curiosity mission team member Torsten Zorn reports for NASA.

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