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2010-07-08 06:55:00

We've Got Wheels! Six of them! And these wheels aren't meant for the concrete roadways, bustling freeways, or sleepy highways"”they're destined for off-roading on Mars. The Curiosity rover team just installed six shiny aluminum wheels on the rover, giving the rover its "legs." Unlike previous missions that used air bags for landing on the Martian surface, Curiosity is touching down wheels first! The rover, which is about the size of an SUV, has wheels that are 50 centimeters (20 inches)...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'