Curiosity Tops Its One-Day Driving Record

SPACE (7/25, Wall) reports on Sunday, the Curiosity rover traveled 329 feet, more than doubling the previous one-day travel record of 161 feet. Paolo Bellutta of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, “What enabled us to drive so far on Sol 340 was starting at a high point and also having Mastcam images giving us the size of rocks so we could be sure they were not hazards. … We could see for quite a distance, but there was an area straight ahead that was not clearly visible, so we had to find a path around that area.” The article notes that while people drove the rover on that day, Curiosity’s “autonomous navigation capability” will be employed “soon.”