NASA Sics Rover on Faux Mars

Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday completed a training exercise to prepare them for an exploration of Mars that they hope will bring them closer to answering questions about life on that planet. About 60 researchers from JPL, mostly field geologists, honed their skills in operating a Mars rover vehicle by using it to investigate the terrain of an undisclosed desert location somewhere in the American Southwest. To simulate conditions of controlling the rover on Mars, the specific site of the experiment was kept secret and the science team, which remotely guides the rover, was only allowed to make command decisions based on information received from the vehicle.