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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.Mar.08.2018
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is probably right about multiple dimensions03:12
From space dream to space junk: The Vanguard 1 satellite completes 60 years in space today02:55
Why YouTube’s algorithm boosted conspiracy theory videos in the wake of the Parkland shooting03:21
Astronaut Scott Kelly's genes show long-term changes after a year in space02:12
Pi in the Sky: How a NASA scientist uses Pi to look for life beyond Earth02:26
How Stephen Hawking transformed the world of science02:07