Martian terrain is chewing through NASA Curiosity’s tires

Date:9 February 2022 Author: Juandre Tags:

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has covered a lot of ground in the decade since it first touched down on Mars, and that ground hasn’t exactly been paved, as new photos from NASA reveal.

The latest images were uploaded to NASA’s official Curiosity mission website, and is part of a regular check-up for the rover.

“Historically, we perform wheel imaging every 500 meters,” Andrew Good, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory spokesperson, told TechRadar.

“We recently extended the distance allowed to every 1,000 meters since the wheel performance seems to be fairly predictable – an indication that mitigations that have been put in place, like our traction control algorithm, seem to be having their intended effect (reducing wear, extending wheel life).”

 

 

Given the rugged surface of Mars – dry, hard-packed soil, boulders, and uneven terrain – wear and tear on the rover’s wheels is inevitable, our colleagues over at Space note.

NASA is confident that the rover will hold up for a while yet. “The current predicted odometry remaining is expected to be sufficient to support Curiosity throughout the remainder of the mission,” Good told us.

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