Preparing for Mars: FIDO in the Desert
Published: August 19, 2002
Total Running Time: 01:03:16
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?