Mars, at least as far as we know, is a planet populated entirely by robots. Our efforts to make them more autonomous and explore the rocky surface on their own have been successful. In turn, these bots can teach us more about our closest neighbour in the Solar System.
Explore Mars in 360-degrees with this panoramic shot from Curiosity Explore Mars in 360-degrees with this panoramic shot from Curiosity
Software installed upon the Curiosity Rover, which helps to control its laser, has made it more efficient at self-selecting rocks and objects to study. The system, called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS), has allowed the robot to pick and examine rocks on its own correctly 93 per cent of the time. It is able to work in a precision pointing mode and a rock selecting mode.
“In the target selection mode we
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