NASA Team Is Operating The Mars Curiosity Rover From Home

By: | April 18th, 2020

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

During this COVID-19 Pandemic, worldwide more than one third of people are under lockdown. Those who have symptoms are self-isolated and others are maintaining social distance. Work from home is our new reality.

Did you know! Even NASA hasn’t abandoned its Curiosity Mars amid the coronavirus pandemic. NASA team is also controlling Mars rover from their living rooms.

They’re operating on Mars! Team behind NASA’s Curiosity rover is operating the vehicle currently more than 120 million miles from Earth. Team has successfully given instructions to Curiosity to drill into the Martian soil in an area called Edinburg.

Science operations team chief Carrie Bridge, said, “It’s classic, textbook NASA,” “We’re presented with a problem and we figure out how to make things work. Mars isn’t standing still for us; we’re still exploring.”

NASA shared about how the team is managing this unique mission. The processes which the team used to accomplish on high-performance workstations are now being done on laptops and web services. The work is being done, however the tasks are taking about an hour or two longer than they normally would.

“We’re usually all in one room, sharing screens, images and data,” said Alicia Allbaugh, who leads the team in NASA statement. “People are talking in small groups and to each other from across the room.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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