Which Road for a Rover to Travel?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA’s Curiosity rover is taking the easy road to its next destination in order to avoid damage to its wheels.

    NASA is contemplating a path across a small sand dune, that would be much smoother than another, in order for the Curiosity Rover to reach a favorable route to science destinations.  The alternate path would involve sharp rocks that could puncture the rover’s wheels.  The team is a little more careful after a few rips and punctures in the heels happened in the fourth quarter of 2013.  Curiosity is approaching “Dingo Gap” on its way to its next drilling site called “KMS-9,” and continues to make progress toward its long-term destination to explore geographical layers exposed on the slopes of Mars’ Mount Sharp.