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This week in pictures: August 18–24, 2012

In the past seven days, Curiosity began collecting data from its laser and took its first test drive on Mars, scientists find that at least some type Ia supernovae come from a recurrent nova, astronomers discovered the first evidence of a planet’s destruction by its aging star, and more.

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Curiosity begins driving at Bradbury Landing

On August 22, the rover made its first move to confirm the health of its mobility system and left its first wheel tracks on Mars. Learn more »

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