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Curiosity Rover Blazes Through 10km of Martian Travel

posted: 04/20/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Mars rover Curiosity
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Mars rover Curiosity has surpassed 10km of travel on the surface of the Red Planet. (It seems that Curiosity is furiously trying to catch up after its companion, Opportunity, completed its Martian marathon last month.)

Curiosity hit the milestone 957 days into its mission, on April 16. The rover is traversing a cluster of valleys on Mars known as Pahrump Hills, investigating how the planet transitioned from a wet environment to a dry one. Its next destination is Logan Pass, which lies 200 yards southwest.


"The rover's mobility has been crucial, because that's what allows us to get to the best sites to investigate," said John Grant of the National Air and Space Museum. "The ability to get to different sections of the rock record builds more confidence in your interpretation of each section."

Click here for the full story from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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