Astronaut to Control a Moon Robot From the Space Station

Space.com | 10/22/2019 | Chelsea Gohd
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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will control this rover remotely in November to simulate remote control of future lunar rovers. In the experiment, known as ANALOG-1, he will use the rover and its arm to move rocks instead of cones.

An astronaut on the space station will practice remotely driving a robot on the moon this November.

Future - Astronauts - Rovers - Moon - Mars

In the future, astronauts might remotely control rovers on the moon, or even on Mars, from nearby orbiting stations. To see how well this might work, astronauts on the International Space Station will soon conduct ANALOG-1, a European Space Agency (ESA) experiment designed to test how well a crew on the International Space Station might be able to control a rover on the moon in collaboration with a ground team on Earth.

"Space is such a harsh place for humans and machines. Future exploration of the solar system may involve sending robotic explorers to test the waters on uncharted planets before sending humans," William Carey, ESA scientist and principal investigator for the ANALOG-1 experiment, said in a NASA statement. "The approach could greatly increase the scientific return on those missions, as well as offer a way to avoid potential contamination from humans landing on the surface before we can answer questions about existing or previous life on Mars."

Experiment - Place - November - Hours

The experiment, which is scheduled to take place this November, will last about two hours, during...
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