Video Transcript: Building Curiosity: First Test Drive for Next Mars Rover


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Ashwin Vasavada : Today is a really exciting day. It's a milestone for MSL.

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In a sense, the first time we're seeing the rover drive on its own wheels,

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on its own mobility system. It's gone from designs on napkins, to Powerpoint,

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you know, to CAD drawings, to blueprints, and now it's a rover!

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This is really one of the big milestones. You know, we've been all designing various

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parts of the rover, in different places at JPL, different places around the world,

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and now to see them come together and to see a rover sitting in front of us and

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actually have somebody press a button and it drives, you know, this really gives us

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a vision that this rover's real and it's going to be on Mars someday.

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It's going to explore a big area on Mars. That's one of the reasons it's so big and

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has such a great driving capability. We want to be driving around 10 or 20 miles

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around the landing site on Mars and look for places that may have been habitable

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early in Mars' history, places that were friendly to life.

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I've seen pictures of this rover for so many years, you know, and I know it in my sleep,

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but, yet, to see it, like, real life and to know that this is the actual thing that's going to

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Mars and will drive around over rocks and soil and, you know, go down into craters

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that's...that's kind of amazing. It sort of blows your mind to look at this thing and see

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...see something that's going to be on Mars one day.

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