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Astronaut drives rover from space

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Gerst drives car-sized rover from space

8 August 2014 Looking down from orbit, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst steered ESA’s Eurobot rover through a series of intricate manoeuvres on the ground yesterday, demonstrating a new space network that could connect astronauts to vehicles on alien worlds.

During an intense 90-minute live link on 7 August, Alex used a dedicated controller laptop on the International Space Station to operate Eurobot, relying on video and data feedback to feed commands from 400 km up, orbiting at 28 000 km/h.

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Eurobot rover under astronaut control

ESA's Eurobot rover roving at ESTEC on 7 August under live control by astronaut Alexander Gerst on board the ISS. The demonstration helped test a new fault-tolerant telecommunication network that could support a future mission to Mars or an asteroid.

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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