PIA13308: Curiosity at Center of Attention During Test
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Produced By: JPL
Other Information: JPL News Release 2010-246
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Technicians and engineers in clean-room garb monitor the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010.

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project will launch Curiosity in late 2011 for arrival at Mars in August 2012. The mission will study whether an intriguing area of Mars has offered environmental conditions favorable for supporting microbial life and for preserving evidence of whether life existed there.

The team conducted the drive test in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2010-07-29