NASA releases 360-degree panoramas of Curiosity's Gale Crater landing site on Mars.
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According to NASA, the Curiosity rover is now a "full operating analytical laboratory on Mars", having dug out a core sample in Gale Crater.
Take the controls of the Curiosity rover and zoom around a virtual version of the Gale Crater on Mars.
Curiosity is poised for its first test drive, a short 10-foot-move and turning reverse maneuver to test its ability to roam across Gale Crater.
The Curiosity Mars rover, slowly creeping across the floor of Gale Crater, is ready to attempt its first hands-on "contact science," studying a pyramid-shaped rock known as "Jake."
NASA's $2.5 billion rover takes a short spin on Mars, proving that the mobile science lab is, in fact, mobile -- and ready to begin roaming about Gale Crater to look for signs of past or present habitability.
The Curiosity science team is evaluating possible routes from the rover's landing site in Gale Crater to the lower slopes of Mount Sharp some five miles away, but it will take a year or so to get there.
Elated scientists say the rover survived its plunge to the floor of Gale Crater in good shape, snapping pictures of nearby terrain as NASA engineers get systems ready for exploration.
The $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory rover is closing in on the Red Planet for a white-knuckle descent to the surface using an untried "sky crane" technique to ensure a pinpoint landing on the floor of Gale Crater.