Kyuriositi” first drove through the Martian soil offline





During his stay on Mars rover “Kyuriositi” has already done a great job. At the moment the robot is sent to Mount Sharp , where scientists hope to make discoveries that will be able to tell about the dynamic processes that have transformed the planet into a damp same dusty ball, which is now the place to be.

To a destination is still a few months the way (and perhaps a year), and it is possible that during his travels rover will be able to do some more interesting finds.

Since the beginning of the movement to Mount Sharp “Kyuriositi” drove 1.39 kilometers, which is quite a lot, given the conditions and the situation around. To the end point is 7.18 kilometers, but at this stage of the journey may well meet obstacles that do not allow the rover to reach its ultimate goal.

However, the robot can pass the remaining portion of a lot faster than previously planned. The fact is that it is able to operate autonomously, that is, to move toward its goal of their own, and not under the direction of the operator here on Earth, who have to eat, sleep and rest.

The problem is also related to the distance to Mars to get through radio signals coming to the rover: the operator must send radio commands “Kyuriositi”, wait until the signal reaches the robot, then wait until the rover will be that portion of the road, which was mentioned in the radio signal, and then another, and wait for a signal indicating that the completed task rover not come back here on earth. All this takes ten precious minutes (or maybe even hours), so the team NASA has taken the decision to move the robot in a fully autonomous mode.

Typically, operators provide ” Kyuriositi “problem in the passage of only a few tens of meters, but on Tuesday,” Kyuriositi “first started moving on their own without any advance received commands.

“On Tuesday, at 376 Martian day (Sol)” Kyuriositi “faced with a problem: the previous point it stops the next section of track was not visible. As a result, the robot moved to offline mode, in which it will pass 10 meters out of a total of 43 meters in the route, calculated on the day “- explain to NASA.

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