Space Rover

NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Rover

NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Rover

Jun 13, 2017 @ 15:01 | NASA has found diverse minerals in rocks examined by the Curiosity rover on lower Mount Sharp, Mars. These suggest that wet environmental conditions there changed over time. NASA scientists have found a wide diversity of minerals in the initial samples of rocks collected by the Curiosity rover in the […]

Schiaparelli Landing Investigation Completed – IMU Malfunction Causes Crash Landing

Schiaparelli Landing Investigation Completed – IMU Malfunction Causes Crash Landing

May 25, 2017 @ 08:29 | The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module separated from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, as planned on 16 October last year, […]

Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Perseverance Valley’s Origin

Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Perseverance Valley’s Origin

May 16, 2017 @ 16:15 | NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission — an ancient fluid-carved “Perseverance Valley”  incised on the inner slope of a vast crater’s rim. As the rover approached the upper end of “Perseverance Valley” in early May, images from its cameras […]

Final Two Landing Sites of ExoMars

Final Two Landing Sites of ExoMars

Apr 9, 2017 @ 12:15 Two ancient sites on Mars, Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis have been recommended as the final candidates for the landing site of the 2020 ExoMars rover. On Monday 27 March, the 4th ExoMars Landing Site Selection Workshop will take place at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), The […]

Texas A&M is Solving SLAM Problem for Robot Astronaut

Texas A&M is Solving SLAM Problem for Robot Astronaut

Mar 23, 2017 @ 20:24 | By Rachel Rose, Texas A&M University College of Engineering | Due to the lack of GPS signals, the current Robot Astronaut (Robonaut) prototype cannot localize itself in the International Space Station (ISS). In order to remain safe, robots are commonly used to reach what human hands cannot. Often a robot […]