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Driving on Mars just got safer for Curiosity, thanks to a special algorithm
Virtually alone in the Martian landscape, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has no one to turn to if it gets into trouble. As NASA puts it: “There are no mechanics on Mars, so the next best thing for [a] rover is careful driving.” So in June 2017, NASA engineers deployed a traction-control algorithm they uploaded to Curiosity. The software uses real-time data to adjust each wheel’s speed and reduce pressure from the rocky ground.
“Space Force” could be the first new American military branch in 71 years01:57
Like a rolling stone: A surveillance robot that can travel on any terrain01:17
Building consciousness: How Westworld's sentient robots could become a reality05:19
Lab-to-table: How synthetic food went from flavorings to hamburgers02:36
NASA’s bold new plan to keep the ISS in orbit02:03
Have you ever wondered how your pet sees the world?01:31