PIA16144: Curiosity's Robotic Arm
Target Name: Mars
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Product Size: 1438 x 933 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This engineering drawing shows the location of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, in addition to the arm's turret, which holds two instruments and three tools. The arm places and holds turret-mounted tools on rock and soil targets. It also manipulates the sample-processing mechanisms on the 66-pound (30-kilogram) turret.

The arm has five degrees of freedom of movement provided by rotary actuators known as the shoulder azimuth joint, shoulder elevation joint, elbow joint, wrist joint and turret joint.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2012-09-06