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Curiosity Rovers Scarecrow
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Curiosity Rover's Scarecrow

August 2, 2012
The team developing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory calls this test rover "Scarecrow" because the vehicle does not include a computer brain. Mobility engineers use this test rover to evaluate mobility and suspension performance. The Mars Science Laboratory rover is in development for launch in 2009. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the mission for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech