Yesterday was a big day for Curiosity; as NASA finally moved the rover…just a little bit. After wiggling its tires on Tuesday, they sent the commands to move the rover forward about 15 feet, turned it and then reversed about 8 feet. It took a while to do, but the movement was successful and now Curiosity can really begin exploring the red planet.
But with the rover leaving its landing site, and with yesterday being Ray Bradbury’s 92nd birthday, NASA decided to honor the late scifi legend by naming Curiosity’s landing site “Bradbury Landing”. Bradbury famously wrote The Martian Chronicles, and was a very vocal supporter of the space program, so naming the landing site in his honor is very fitting and something that makes me even more proud of NASA than I already am.