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Curiosity Rover Uses Autonomous Navigation to Pick the Best Route

Mark Maimone, Rover Planner and Mobility Engineer on the Mars Science Laboratory, gives an update on NASA's Curiosity rover from the Mars Yard at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Mars Yard is where the software for Curiosity to drive autonomously - AutoNav - was developed and tested. NASA scientists tell Curiosity where to go, but the rover uses AutoNav to decide how to get there.