Mars Rover Curiosity Moves For The First Time

The success of the Mars Curiosity rover continues. As this image just released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows, Curiosity is now moving without any problem whatsoever.

You can clearly see the tracks in this part of a new 360-degree panorama. The rover started to move on August 22, according to the mission drivers. Its first move involved going forward about 4.5 metres, rotating 120 degrees and then reversing about 2.5 metres.

Curiosity is now apparently six metres away from its landing spot, which has now been named Bradbury Landing. It was named after Ray Bradbury, author of the 1950 Martian Chronicles short story collection that told the story of Mars colonisation.

You can also clearly see the marks left by the rockets of the sky crane that dropped Curiosity over Mars' surface.

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    Does anyone know if they will have actual video or will it only be snap shots taken every few seconds joined together? I think it would be great if they could stream a 5 minute movie of this rover moving.

      Considering it "filmed" its decent (~ 4 frames / second) , I wouldn't put it past them to do the same for it some roving around.

      are u for real? its 8bit link to the rover ... to get movie from there will take weeks

        No no video but you can see an interactive 360 panorama here.

      They receive still images only. They often stitch them together in a sequence. Though, if you want to be pedantic, that's all video really is.

        Dem GIFs.

      There's the fact that it moves insanely slowly, with a top speed of 90m/h - and that's never reached out of caution. I think it would be better to maybe make a timelapse.

    why can't we have a normal
    picture of the land and sky?

      The brown sky and the brown land? Because a lot less data is required to send greyscale than colour.

      There are several pictures of land and sky. I'm not sure what you mean?

    That not correct. We can download at about 25KB per second from the rover.

    The rover has two UHF radios, the signals of which the Mars Odyssey satellite is capable of relaying back to Earth. An average of 14 minutes, 6 seconds will be required for signals to travel between Earth and Mars. Curiosity can communicate with Earth directly at speeds up to 32 kbit/s, but the bulk of the data transfer should be relayed through the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Odyssey orbiter. Data transfer speeds between Curiosity and each orbiter may reach 2 Mbit/s and 256 kbit/s, respectively, but each orbiter is only able to communicate with Curiosity for about eight minutes per day.

    You would expect a nuclear powered machine to be able to relay better data ?

    Is it so hard to send footage to satellites that could bounce larger parcels of data?

      Is it so hard? Are you serious?!!! Dude,we're talking about sending data back from the SURFACE OF FREAKING MARS! Why the hell do I keep reading whiny comments from wannabe experts who seem to think it's cool to sit back and let NASA spend year and millions sending a probe to Mars, then bitch about the poor quality/slow image relays. If you think you can do better then, by all means, build your own probe and go nuts! And since when did somehing being nuclear powered affect the sped at which data can be relayed? That's like saying "My car is a V8, you'dexpect it'd have a better stereo!" Moron.

      Wow. Just... wow. I'm going to assume you're trolling. In which case, good one dude.

      oh the stupidity lol, talking about millions of kms and you think because its run by nuclear it should perform better? Hahahaha what a tool

      Whoa, whoa, it's nuclear powered and it doesn't have x-ray vision!?! How hard could that possibly be!

      I heard it also can't even get up to 60. Shockin'. And apparently the sound system's terrible!

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