Curiosity ready for 1st test drive

2012-08-21 22:20
The Curiosity rover. Picture: AP

The Curiosity rover. Picture: AP

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Los Angeles - US scientists are preparing to send the Mars rover Curiosity on its first test drive on the planet.

Engineers at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory turned four of the rover's six wheels this week to test the steering. Project manager Mike Watkins says that on Wednesday the rover will roll about 3m, turn right and then back up into a new parking place.

It's part of a health check-up for the rover, which eventually could many metres a day over the ancient crater where it landed on 5 August.

Engineers continue to check its instruments. The US space agency says a wind sensor was damaged on or after landing, but a second is working perfectly.

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