Curiosity rover takes first solo drive on Mars

08/28/2013 | NBC News

The Mars Curiosity rover drove itself for the first time Tuesday, using its autonomous navigation software to roll about 33 feet along a path that its Earth-based technicians couldn't see. "We could see the area before the dip, and we told the rover where to drive on that part," said John Wright, a rover driver. "We could see the ground on the other side, where we designated a point for the rover to end the drive, but Curiosity figured out for herself how to drive the uncharted part in between."

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