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Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 in Science |

Curiosity Mars will first use his laser this weekend

Curiosity Mars first used his laser this weekend

Scientists from chose the first destination of Curiosity: an area called “Glenelg”, where three types of land intersects. The robot will have to move 400 meters east-southeast from where it landed.

In addition, engineers hope to test the ChemCam before commencing the trip of Curiosity. This instrument has a , capable of grinding stones, and a telescope to review the material. This test will be initiated on Saturday night, it will be for first time, a laser of this type will be used for testing on another planet.

The that will be attacked has been termed “Rock N165″, 7.6 cm wide, which will be bombarded with 14 millijoules of energy 30 times in 10 seconds.

During the trip to Glenelg, will exercise its wheels by doing turns and also practicing reverse. Exercise is very vital, considering the fact that Curiosity have to spend several months without moving and traveling, and then it will receive a software update to learn how to handle himself.

Link: Curiosity NASA pinpoints Team Site for First Drive Laser First Use On Tap This Weekend (NASA)

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