Mars Rover Curiosity Successfully Makes Its First Test-Drive

Destination: 10 feet over yonder

Curiosity's First Drive

Curiosity photographed its own tracks after its short drive.NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity's Drive Panorama

This panorama image shows evidence of a successful first test drive for the Mars rover Curiosity. On Aug. 22, 2012, the rover made its first move, going forward about 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotating 120 degrees and then reversing about 8 feet (2.5 meters). Curiosity is about 20 feet (6 meters) from its landing site, now officially named Bradbury Landing. The eponymous author and Mars enthusiast Ray Bradbury would have turned 92 today. .NASA/JPL-Caltech