NASA is contemplating a path across a small sand dune, that would be much smoother than another, in order for the Curiosity Rover to reach a favorable route to science destinations. The alternate path would involve sharp rocks that could puncture the rover’s wheels. The team is a little more careful after a few rips and punctures in the wheels happened in the fourth quarter of 2013. Curiosity is approaching “Dingo Gap” on its way to its next drilling site called “KMS-9,” and continues to make progress toward its long-term destination to explore geographical layers exposed on the slopes of Mars’ Mount Sharp.
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