Rugged Mars terrain chewing up Curiosity's wheels; inspection set

December 20, 2013 9:08 PM

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Rugged Mars terrain chewing up Curiosity's wheels; inspection set

Engineers are gearing up to perform a check of the Mars rover Curiosity's six wheels, which have accumulated a lot of wear and tear during the robot's 16 months on the Red Planet.

In the near future, the mission team plans to drive NASA's 1-ton Curiosity rover to a smooth patch of ground and photograph its six aluminum wheels using the robot's arm-mounted Mars Hand Lens Imager camera (MAHLI), oficials said.

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