Mars Rover Officially Ready To Rumble

The Mars Rover Curiosity has passed a short shake-down test of it's driving system. Watched by it's own "mast cam" (below), the rover performed a few simple maneuvers (drive forwards, rotate, drive in reverse), enough to get a thumbs up from the the NASA engineers. The testing of the on-board instruments was completed ahead of schedule and so the little emissary can start trundling off some 400 meters (almost a quarter of a mile) to the first designated point of interest, and start scrabbling around.

Keep on truckin'
 

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