NASA's Curiosity Takes First Drive On Mars

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NASA's mobile robot Curiosity has successfully completed it's first test drive on Mars.

On Wednesday Curiosity took a 16-minute drive, travelling 15 feet forward before turning 120 degrees and backing up a further 8 feet.

Most of the drive time was spent taking pictures, including the first images of the mobile robot's tread marks in the Martian soil.

Scientists displayed a photo of the event and animation in a press conference in Pasadena, California.

[Michael Heverley, NASA Scientist]:
"So I'm pleased to report that Curiosity today had her first successful drive on Mars."

Heverley added that the test drive confirmed that the mobility system is functioning fully.

Curiosity is due to make a longer drive in about a week, to a place where three different types of terrain come together.

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