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CLIP 14348

Controlling the Mars Curiosity rover

Controlling the Mars Curiosity rover

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Key Info
  • Controlling the Mars Curiosity rover
  • Duration: 04:28
  • Liz Bonnin finds out how scientists on Earth can operate a rover sitting millions of kilometres away on Mars. Crashing the rover on the Martian surface would be a disaster, ruining a multibillion dollar piece of machinery as well as years of planning and preparations. So NASA engineers used an identical model of the Curiosity rover to practice maneuvers in the desert. First broadcast on 'Stargazing Live' on BBC Two in January 2013.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Space Exploration

  • Keywords: StargazingLive, Stargazing, Liz Bonin, Mars, Planets, Curiosity, NASA, Mars rover
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to introduce pupils to the concepts of space exploration and using robotic craft on another planet.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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