NASA scientists working from dwelling are persevering with to pilot the Mars Curiosity rover with a bit of assist from a bit of expertise that might have been a resident in a 1980s film theatre. NASA took the choice to send nearly all 17,000 of its staff home on March 18, after a number of workers at its amenities examined optimism for the coronavirus, and just like the hundreds of thousands of different individuals now working from house NASA’s groups have needed to adapt.
In a blog post on Tuesday, NASA detailed how the group was driving Curiosity ready their work-from-dwelling setups, transport tools like headsets and displays from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California. Not all of the gear may very well be despatched house, nonetheless.
The pilots of Curiosity usually depend on utilizing particular 3D goggles to have a look at the panorama around Curiosity and assist the robotic navigate and attain out its robotic arm. These goggles mechanically flip between left- and proper-eye view to create a 3D picture.
Sadly to run these goggles, you want an especially highly effective graphics card which may be discovered on modified gaming computer systems inside NASA’s lab, and which couldn’t be shipped out. “To ensure that rover operator to view 3D photographs on odd laptops, they’ve switched to easy pink-blue 3D glasses. Though not as immersive or snug because the goggles, they work simply as properly for planning drives and arm actions,” NASA stated.
The Curiosity team has been working remotely since March 20, and on March 22, they efficiently commanded Curiosity to drill a rock pattern. “It is traditional, textbook NASA,” science operations crew chief Carrie Bridge stated in a press release. “We’re offered with an issue, and we work out learn how to make issues work. Mars is not standing nonetheless for us; we’re nonetheless exploring.”