October 5th, 2012
01:54 PM ET

Mars rover gets to play in the sand

The Mars rover Curiosity will get to try out its scoop this weekend, according to current NASA plans.

"The request that the engineers made to the scientists was: Find us a good sandbox, a good sand pit, to play in here, on our way to Glenelg," said Mike Watkins, Curiosity mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, at a press conference Thursday. "This site, Rocknest, is exactly that."

The vehicle is currently parked 400 meters as the crow flies from Bradbury Landing, where it landed on August 6. It will likely stay there for another two weeks, with scooping to begin on Saturday.

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  1. Legolas

    What?

    October 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  2. Keith

    The orchid is not a Calanthe species. It is rather a Coelogyne that has a large bract where
    the individual flowers are attached to the inflorescences (flower stalks.) Calanthes are a
    New World genus found in South America, while Coelogyne are an old world genus.

    October 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm |

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