Here’s how NASA tests Mars rovers on Earth


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/25/heres-how-nasa-tests-mars-r.html


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“Mars Yard”

I have a neighbor that has one of those.


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“Wake up Maggie I think I got something to say to you”


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Interesting. The rovers are much bigger than I imagined.


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They’ve also tested them at Kata Tjuta in Australia. The crumbly rocky soil there is extremely similar to Mars.


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presuming that rubber deteriorates from radiation


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I’m curious as to how they have tried to match the soil mechanics, because the differing amounts of air, water, and gravity have the potential to make it VERY different.


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Yeah, I image that even at their best they just have to wing it at some point. That’s always been my perception of the people at NASA; insanely brilliant, detail-oriented and thorough people who occasionally have to just say “Fuck it, we’re as ready as we’ll ever be. Push the button and let’s see what happens.”


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