Rover distance data: http://mars.nasa.gov/msl/images/MSL_TraverseMap_Sol0490-br2.jpg
Hole 1 Photo: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00490/mhli/0490MH0262000003E1_DXXX.jpg
Hole 2 Photo: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00490/mhli/0490MH0262000001E1_DXXX.jpg
Hole 3 Photo: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00494/mcam/0494ML1964004000E1_DXXX.jpg
Hole 4 Photo: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00411/mhli/0411MH0262001000C0_DXXX.jpg
Recently it has come to my attention that the Mars rover wheels have been taking some serious damage. Since the Curiosity rover landed in Gale Crater in Aug 6, 2012 it has logged a total of about 20,0000 meters or 20km (12.42 miles).
The Curiosity Rover is responsible for some of 2013s most memorable Mars photos like the squirrel, rat and Iguana, so you can see that I am concerned about its welfare. I want it to keep up its work, but there is one more thing that concerns me. The rovers wheels which appear to be made of metal are becoming shredded and torn with holes bigger than bottle caps.
It seem to me that the Curiosity rover has been doing more than the typical NASA mission. Its been used for some covert mission purposes of far off distance explorations. This rover looks like its been hauling across Mars to explore something hundreds or even thousands of km away from Gale Crater. That's right, again NASA has been hiding more from the public than we once believed...even the rover is being used for black opps.
There is no other way to explain these photos of the Mars Curiosity rovers wheels with massive tears and holes in its wheels. Traveling a mere 12 miles would not damage the rover this much, however exploring some ancient alien ruins hundreds of miles away then racing back to Gale Crater would cause it.
I rest my case. The evidence is in the photos. Those wheels probably cost hundreds of thousands of dollars each and were specially designed to be used without taking damage. I've driven over ten years in my old Ford logging over a hundred thousand miles without changing my tires, never once getting the kind of damage the rover has gotten. Perhaps NASA should look to Bridgestone to design their next set of wheels. SCW