1. Learn how rovers drive on Mars
Find out we safely navigate rovers around Mars from all the way back on Earth in this 60-second video. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Landing on the Red Planet is only the very first step in the life of a Mars rover. Once on the ground, the rover can begin its scientific journey as part of what we call surface operations.
This includes driving to points of interest, collecting images, using tools to make measurements and collect scientific data, as well as sending status reports back to Earth. However, the harsh terrain on Mars with hazards like boulders, sand, and craters means that moving rovers from one place to another is no simple task.
To get rovers from one place to another safely, engineers carefully plan out the routes they want a rover to take. Each day, they send code to the rover telling it where to go, how to get there, and which tasks to perform once it arrives.
In this activity you'll use code to design a game inspired by the way
NASA rovers navigate on Mars.