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08.30.2012

Rover Completes Fourth Drive

Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall
Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall
This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.

Curiosity Daily Status Report for Aug. 30, 2012

Curiosity drove about 70 feet (about 21 meters) on Thursday, continuing its trek eastward toward a science destination called Glenelg, where it may begin using its drill. This was the rover's fourth drive since landing. The trek to Glenelg is expected to take several weeks, including a stop beginning in the next week or two for conducting activities to check out the rover's robotic arm.

The rover is healthy. Besides the drive, Curiosity's activities during the mission's Sol 24 included imaging of the sky by the rover's Navigation Camera and data collection by environmental monitoring instruments.

Sol 24, in Mars local mean solar time at Gale Crater, ends at 11:19 p.m. Aug. 30, PDT.


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