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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.
Slow-moving hurricanes like Florence could become increasingly common04:07
Meet the billionaire fashion tycoon who will ride SpaceX's rocket around the moon02:01
Billionaire will invite artists to orbit moon with him aboard SpaceX spaceship01:10
After the storm: Dealing with the toxic waste hurricanes leave behind01:27
Why we can’t stop watching natural disasters on TV02:13
How to deal with a power outage01:54