NASA eyes gaping holes in Mars Curiosity wheel

CNET | 1/17/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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The rough and rocky landscape of Mars continues to take a toll on the wheels of NASA's Curiosity rover. As part of a routine checkup, Curiosity snapped some new images of its wheels this week.

Most of the photos don't look too alarming, but one in particular shows some dramatic holes and cracks in the aluminum.

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The Mars rocks are giving Curiosity's wheels a hard time.

NASA has been monitoring Curiosity's wheel damage for years, watching it increase from dents to holes to actual cracks in some of the raised treads. Images from early 2017 delivered the first evidence of the tread breakage, with the left-middle wheel showing the most stress.

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The car-size Curiosity...
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