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Curiosity begins trip to Glenelg
Posted: Thu, Aug 30, 2012, 1:26 AM ET (0526 GMT)
Mars Science Laboratory illustration (NASA/JPL) NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begin its first long-distance trip, a 400-meter traverse to a location called Glenelg. The rover moved 16 meters on Tuesday on the first leg of the trip, the longest single drive after two shorter test drives in the last week. Curiosity will not arrive at Glenelg for several weeks, making stops along the away, including one at a point to be determined where the rover will test the robotic arm and the instruments on its end. Glenelg is a spot of interest to scientists where three different terrains intersect.
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