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Curiosity's first wheel wiggle

Filed under mission status, animation, spacecraft, amateur image processing, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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Curiosity's first wheel wiggle On the 15th day after its landing on Mars, Curiosity exercised its wheels for the first time. First it rotated all wheels out (pointing radially away from the rover's center), then in (the direction they must point for a turn in place), and finally straightened the wheels, making the rover ready to drive the following sol.

NASA / JPL / animation by Emily Lakdawalla

Top left corner: Navcam image of the right rear wheel. Top right corner: Hazcam image of the left rear wheel. Bottom left corner: Navcam image of the right front wheel. Bottom right corner: Hazcam image of the left front wheel. The rover actually tested each of these wheel motions one at a time; the motions are condensed into four frames here for clarity.

Original image data dated on or about August 21, 2012.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla


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