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NASA set to test Curiosity Mars rover's robotic arm

Sharon Gaudin | Sept. 7, 2012
After a month on the surface of Mars, NASA's robotic rover Curiosity has driven more than the length of a football field and has started gearing for some real scientific work.

The car-sized, nuclear-powered machine is on what NASA hopes will be at least a two-year mission.

It is equipped with 10 scientific instruments and offers the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on the surface of Mars, including chemistry instruments, environmental sensors and radiation monitors.

This scene shows the wheels and track marks left by the rover Curiosity as it drove on the surface of Mars. For scale, Curiosity leaves parallel tracks about 9 feet apart. (Image: NASA/JPL)



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