[meteorite-list] Curiosity Rover: Longest Drive Yet

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:05:21 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201209270005.q8R05LlN013007_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Longest Drive Yet
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
September 26, 2012

On Sol 50 (Sept. 26), Curiosity completed its longest drive yet, rolling
about 160 feet (48.9 meters) eastward toward the Glenelg area. The
mission's total distance driven has now reached one-quarter mile (416
meters). A priority in coming sols is to identify a location for first
use of the rover's capability to scoop up soil material and deliver a
sample of it into laboratory instruments.

Activities on Sol 50 included pre-drive imaging of a target near the
morning location and post-drive imaging of the new surroundings and the
sky. A raw image from Curiosity's left Navigation Camera, with tracks
from the drive in view, is at http://1.usa.gov/SzZmHE.

Curiosity continues to work in good health. Sol 50, in Mars local mean
solar time at Gale Crater, ends at 4:29 p.m. Sept. 25, PDT (7:29 p.m. EDT).
Received on Wed 26 Sep 2012 08:05:21 PM PDT

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