Curiosity rover has just reached Mars’ Mount Sharp

September 13, 2014 3:24 PM

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It takes time for the Curiosity rover to get anywhere on Mars – after all, you don’t want to send it rolling across the craggy surface of the Red Planet only to end up stuck on a rock or at the bottom of a ravine. That’s why Curiosity has just now completed its two month trek across Mars to reach the base of Mount Sharp.

Curiosity recently passed its two-year anniversary on Mars, having clocked about 9km (5.5 miles) of driving. The rough terrain means that NASA can’t just send the rover off into the distance and check back in later. The surface of Mars is tough and uneven–designers may have even underestimated just ...

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