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Curiosity Begins Trek Toward Mount Sharp

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 10:10 PM

Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Trek Toward Mount Sharp


www.nasa.gov said:

PASADENA, Calif. With drives on July 4 and July 7, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has departed its last science target in the "Glenelg" area and commenced a many-month overland journey to the base of the mission's main destination, Mount Sharp.

The rover finished close-up investigation of a target sedimentary outcrop called "Shaler" last week. On July 4, it drove 59 feet (18 meters) away from Shaler. On July 7, a second drive added another 131 feet (40 meters) on the trip toward a destination about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away, the entry to the lower layers of Mount Sharp.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:50 PM


Trek to Mount Sharp Begins

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity heads on the long journey to the mission's main destination, Mount Sharp.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 06:24 PM

Why many months to travel 5 miles. So for 3 months it only travels 293' a day? What am I missing?


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 06:37 PM

View Postpraetorian-legio XIII, on 15 July 2013 - 06:24 PM, said:

Why many months to travel 5 miles.
Because that is the speed it is designed to travel at.

View Postpraetorian-legio XIII, on 15 July 2013 - 06:24 PM, said:

What am I missing?
Nothing.

It isn't designed for high speed. Remember that it has to avoid obstacles independently, without being told to do so from Earth, it's a lot harder for a computer to do that when it is moving at 20 mph. It is also taking high resolution images the entire journey, the quality would suffer if it was travelling at hight speed.

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