Watch live: NASA updates on Curiosity’s first test drive on Mars

By Kay Steiger
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:57 EDT
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Curiosity landing site image via AFP
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NASA held a press conference on Wednesday to update the public on the Mars Curiosity rover mission, which takes its first test drive on the Red Planet today.

The rover has 16 drivers, based in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Jeff Biesiadecki, one of NASA’s drivers, told Space.com the rover would be powered off for eight hours while they sequenced the test drive, “Then we’ll send up a command load to the rover and tell it step-by-step what it needs to do.”

Watch live, broadcast on MSNBC on Aug. 22.

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Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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