Curiosity Rover to Switch Gears on Mars

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission is shifting gears. The Curiosity rover is going to take a break from drilling into Martian bedrock and analyzing rock samples to do what Mars rovers are made to do: drive across the terrain.

The U.S. space agency says this will be the biggest turning point since Curiosity landed on the Red Planet last August.

Martian Mission

Curiosity is exploring within a deep, 150-kilometer-wide depression called Gale Crater so that scientists can learn about …

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