Curiosity’s Trek To Mount Sharp Could Take Months

Florida Today http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20130115/SPACE/301150009/Martian-road-trip-next-Curiosity-speed-not-an-option (1/15, Halvorson, 53K) reports on the upcoming start of the Curiosity rover’s trek to Mount Sharp this spring. Michael Watkins, Curiosity mission manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said, “I think there is a good chance that it easily could take six months or a little longer to get to the final spot that we want to get to there at the foothills of Mount Sharp” because “we like to let the science team operate the rover on a mission of discovery.” …