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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Completes 10K on Mars

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Curiosity’s navigation camera captured this scene on Mars just after the rover’s total driving distance passed 10 kilometers. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover passed the 10-kilometer mark in its travels April 16 en route to its next science destination, an area called Logan Pass on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp.

Curiosity passed that 10K milestone a few weeks after another NASA rover, Opportunity, completed a marathon on Mars, traveling about 42 kilometers.

Jeff Foust writes about space policy, commercial space, and related topics for SpaceNews. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree with honors in geophysics and planetary science...