Mars rover Curiosity drove the first meters on the Red Planet

23.08.2012


On Wednesday, NASA scientists spent the first sea trials of the rover Curiosity, located on the surface of the Red Planet. At a press conference held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena (California, USA), they reported that "the tests were fine, everything works fine." Pictures taken in the course of the experiment have already been transferred to the Earth.


On commands transmitted from the control center rover, Curiosity drove three meters forward from the point of landing in Gale Crater, then turned 90 degrees and drove another two meters in reverse, according to ITAR-TASS.

Remote control unit involved 24 specialists Jet Propulsion Laboratory. One of its employees, Brian Cooper, said: "For each step requires a separate motion sophisticated programs to focus." The next important test running of possibilities unit is scheduled for September of this year.

Curiosity rover landed on August 6 this year in the crater Gale and since then did not budge. It transmits images of the surface of the planet Earth and videos. NASA noted that the photo, dated August 18, are of excellent quality. Curiosity for one Martian year (687 Earth days) will explore the Gale Crater. Mars rover reaches 2.8 meters in length and has a mass of 900 kilograms. It is twice as long and more than five times as heavy as any station NASA launched to the surface of the Red Planet. In a scientific laboratory three pairs of wheels 50 inches in diameter. Each of the wheels is equipped with its own motor, front and rear suspension fitted with a rotary mechanism. The rover is able to overcome the obstacles of up 75 inches and make a U-turn in place 360 degrees.

 




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