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NASA Tests Curiosity Robot’s Mobility System

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tested the mobility of Curiosity the rover which will be positioned on Mars by NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission in August 2012. During the testing, the rover rolled up the incline in a clean room at the laboratory.

Curiosity robot

Curiosity can move over the rough landscape by means of its six wheels and a rocker-bogie suspension system, which is the same as those of the earlier Mars rovers. Each wheel measures a diameter of 20 inches which is twice as that of Spirit and Opportunity rovers which are currently operated on Mars.

It was reported that Curiosity will be deployed on Mars for one Martian year which is equivalent to two years on the earth. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to be instigated by 2011, between November 25 and December 18.


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