Picture of the Day: The Curiosity Rover Spins Its Wheel

By Robinson Meyer
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GIFs in the Olympics! GIFs in the election! GIFs, the web scribbler’s obsession of summer 2k12!

But here’s a rather apt use for GIFs: as a concise way of conveying a small, important moment. NASA’s Curiosity Rover tested one of its wheels for the first time yesterday, and transmitted the film back to scientists on Earth. They then turned the moment into a GIF, communicating the moment in its entirety and very little else. It’s a little filmic haiku. From space.

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