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Here is a screen shot of a program that NASA engineers use to drive the rover that is on Mars!

(Click on it to get a bigger version)

The quote off of the NASA site says:

This image shows a screenshot from the software used by engineers to roll the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity off its lander and onto martian soil. Engineers received confirmation that Opportunity's six wheels had touched ground at 3:01 a.m. PST, January 31, 2004, on the seventh martian day, or sol, of the mission. The software simulates the rover's movements, helping to plot a safe course. The virtual 3-D world around the rover is built from images taken by Opportunity's stereo navigation cameras. Regions for which the rover has not yet acquired 3-D data are represented in beige. The rover is approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in front of the lander, facing north.

If you are going to be coding --- this would be the program to code. But man, talk about pressure to not make any coding mistakes! ;)

Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2004 6:45 PM Gadgets | Back to top


Comments on this post: DREAM Software Coding Job!

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How far was it tested ... Was that documented any where <g>
Left by Teucer on Feb 01, 2004 4:02 AM

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yeah - I tend to stay away from NASA and the NYSE as potential clients! :-)
Left by Julie Lerman on Feb 01, 2004 3:42 PM

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