After driving more than a football field’s length since landing, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity spent several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm. Curiosity extended its robotic arm on September 5 in the first of 6-10 consecutive days of planned activities to test the 7-foot arm and the tools it manipulates.

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Curiosity took this image of the camera on the rover’s arm, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), during the 30th Martian day of the mission on Sept. 5, 2012. (NASA/JPLCaltech/ MSSS)
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