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Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation

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NASA'S Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation

PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on Mars.

This latest addition to Curiosity's array of capabilities will help the rover cover the remaining ground en route to Mount Sharp, where geological layers hold information about environmental changes on ancient Mars. The capability uses software that engineers adapted to this larger and more complex vehicle from a similar capability used by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, which is also currently active on Mars.

Using autonomous navigation, or autonav, Curiosity can analyze images it takes during a drive to calculate a safe driving path. This enables it to proceed safely even beyond the area that the human rover drivers on Earth can evaluate ahead of time.

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This is really cool..

A fully autonomous rover..

So it can safely calculate paths?

I wonder what information it will find at Mt. Sharp.

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I wonder what information it will find at Mt. Sharp.

That depends on who you ask..... Im sure that guys like Richard Hoagland can find pretty much everything on those pictures. :whistle:

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Richard Hoagland

That man's name is as out of place in a science topic as a polar bear is in the Sahara. Let's not mention him again in this section.

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Are their any ideas of what Mars once looked like?

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