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Preparing for Mars: FIDO in the Desert (Webcast)
Date: August 19, 2002
Running Time: 1:03:16

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In preparatoion for the 2004 landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers, NASA engineers and scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena tested their remote operation procedures using a rover called FIDO (field integrated design & operations rover). Our remote team traveled to the desert test site, and to JPL to find out how scientists and engineers will use these tests to prepare themselves for their upcoming red-planet adventure. What did they learn in the desert? What do they hope to learn on Mars?
Learn about ongoing missions to Mars and the long history of Mars exploration! Beginning in August 2012, we’ll present a series of webcasts about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the newest rover, Curiosity. In over 30 previous webcasts, we’ve reported on the activities and discoveries of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and the Mars Phoenix Lander. We also explore our changing perceptions of the red planet and envision how a human being would experience Mars.