Casual Friday — Curiosity's first steps… er… rolls

The next rover headed to Mars took its first test drive last Friday — only a meter forward and a meter back, but baby steps are a good way to start:

Dwarfing its predecessor Spirit and Opportunity rovers, the Curiosity rover (previously known as the Mars Science Laboratory) is nearly the size of a small SUV when all its parts are unfolded. Or maybe this comparison (from page 3 of this document) is easier to see:

If things keep going to plan, Curiosity will be on its way to Mars next fall, arriving on the red planet in August of 2012.

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