Curiosity spins its wheels
Engineers raised the rover just as a car mechanic would hoist a car to check the wheels, and started the "engine" to get the wheels rotating. The wheel mobility system has 10 motors in all--four for steering the rover and six for driving. During this test, all 10 motors ran in every direction. Each wheel spun forward and backwards.
Next up for Curiosity is a series of "tune-ups" to prep the rover for driving.
Learn more about Curiosity at: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ .
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