NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover preformed a health check of its mobility system; driving forward, back and turning, the rover ended up about 6 meters (20 feet) from the spot where it landed over 2 weeks ago.
If you are a parrot owner like me, it’s kinda like when they wake up after a nap, and stretch their wings and legs way out.
Curiosity’s landing site was named after Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury, who died earlier this year.
“This was not a difficult choice for the science team,” said Michael Meyer, NASA program scientist for Curiosity. “Many of us and millions of other readers were inspired in our lives by stories Ray Bradbury wrote to dream of the possibility of life on Mars.”
Curiosity will remain near the Bradbury landing site for a few more days, studying its surroundings, and performing more instrument checks. Its first trek will take it about 400 m (1300 ft) to the east-southeast.
Source: NASA Mars Science Laboratory