Mars Curiosity rover is ready to roll, says Nasa

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 13:01 in Astronomy & Space

Remote-controlled Martian explorer tests its instruments before first drive, scheduled for 21 AugustThe Mars rover Curiosity is ready to roll and its drivers back on Earth say they are "itching to move".Curiosity has undergone an "intellect upgrade" on Mars – a planned replacement of its onboard software – to ready it for a two-year mission to explore the 96 mile-wide Gale Crater. The vehicle is currently undergoing thorough pre-planned tests of its instruments before its wheels will start to turn. This first tentative drive will probably be on 21 August, 15 days after landing, and will likely only cover a few metres.The first 24-hour readings of weather conditions at the landing site will be obtained by Curiosity this week. Meteorologists on the mission are excited by the prospect of obtaining weather data from the rover: few weather instruments have been sent to the surface before, and winds may be swirling...

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