Mars

Curiosity at the Sands of Mars

The rover will get to use its scoop

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The Mars rover Curiosity will get to try out its scoop this weekend, according to current NASA plans.

"The request that the engineers made to the scientists was: Find us a good sandbox, a good sand pit, to play in here, on our way to Glenelg," said Mike Watkins, Curiosity mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, at a press conference Thursday. "This site, Rocknest, is exactly that."