Mars Science Laboratory Mobility Analysis

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission successfully landed on the surface of Mars on August 6, 2012. The ultimate goal of the mission is to understand if life has ever been possible. Rover’s mobility gives us the opportunity to investigate rocks, soils, and the local geologic setting of different sites on Mars. Therefore it is essential to make sure that the rover can navigate safely and without getting stuck. I perform experiments to understand how Curiosity’s wheel performs when driven in soft, loose, sands. These experiments help us to understand how to drive the rover in a more effective way, therefore allowing to move its precious load of scientific instrumentation over the surface of Mars reliably.