Astronauts on the International Space Station will test a remote lying lunar rover on Earth this month, according to NASA. The test is the final step in an ongoing project to develop future rovers to use on the moon and Mars, remotely controlled by astronauts on the orbiting space station.
Currently, the rover is controlled by preprogrammed software that responds to commands from earth from scientists, a process involving lengthy delays. Researchers are looking for better rover missions for scientific rewards.
“This is a potential scientific idea for future missions to the moon and Mars,” William Carey, a esA scientist and lead experimental researcher, said in a NASA press release. Space is a harsh place for humans and machines. Before sending humans, future exploration of the solar system may involve sending robotic explorers to test the waters of unknown planets first. “
The rover, known as the Analog-1 Interact, was placed in the European Centre for Space Research and Technology (ESTEC) for two hours this month, while ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano tried to control the lunar rover from ISS’s orbital workstation with a sensory feedback joystick. In addition, ground communications will help him.
NASA says the results will be particularly valuable because the agency hopes to explore the moon through its Artemis program.