Curiosity Rover Takes First Test Drive

Article written: 25 Jul , 2010
Updated: 20 Jan , 2016

Even though there were no wheelies or skid marks, it was an exciting day for the teams working on the next Mars rover. The Mars Curiosity rover (or the Mars Science Laboratory) took its first short drive in the JPL clean room where it is being built. This video was captured from live broadcast on July 23, 2010. Cheers and commentary provided by mission team members who watched the event from a viewing gallery above the clean room floor. In this clip the rover drives backward for the first time.

Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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4 Responses

  1. Kevin says

    That thing’s huge!

  2. Member

    For the benefit of those who can’t watch embedded videos, click here to watch directly on YouTube.

    Yeah, as Kevin said, that thing is bloody huge!

  3. xrayexplorer says

    I like the heat radiators for the thermal power generators. It appears there are 2 on this rover but it is hard to see clearly.

    I whonder how long until someone manipulates this to show the thing on You Tube rolling up to a Burger King drive through or something along those lines.

  4. Manu says

    @ Ivan: hey thanks, that’s awfully nice from you!

    Go Curiosity!

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