HMC Physics Colloquium

Tuesdays at 16:30 in Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Room B460

Ashley Stroupe

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Robotic Planetary Science: the Mars Exploration Rovers and Beyond

April 17, 2007

One of the primary tasks of the Jet Propulsion Lab is robotic planetary science. This talk will discuss the current state of the art in planetary rovers, the Mars Exploration Rovers, focusing in particular on their autonomous capabilities. There will also be details of some of the scientific results of the MER mission. Several limitations are still inherent in the MER rovers, however. These limitations will be identified and some possible suggested solutions will be presented. This will include details on a prototype system, TRESSA for advanced planetary science. The talk will conclude with a brief discussion of robotics, JPL, and NASA opportunities.