Even NASA employees work from home during the COVID-19 crisis, taking into account the need for social distance. In between managing home and family, the team behind the Curiosity Mars rover operates from their respective homes on the Red Planet.
The team, which usually works from NASA’s Southern California Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), sent remote commands to the rover to drill a rock specimen at a location called ‘Edinburgh’ ; on Mars, according to the official blog. To perform the operation, the team had to switch to a simpler version of the original hardware needed to study 3D images of Mars, including special glasses and powerful computers.
Aside from the hardware challenge, the team also had to work with dozens of people to test assignments, adding to the total time it took to complete the operation. But as in other industries, the Curiosity team is, after initial flaws, scientifically as productive as ever. (ANI)
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