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Watch An Astronaut In Orbit Control A Robot On Earth Using Haptic Feedback 

One day, astronauts on deep space missions may explore the surface of unknown planets remotely — using a rover while they remain in orbit. That concept, though it sounds radically far-off, just got an important dry run.

An ISS Astronaut Will Control A New Type Of Haptic Rover Here On Earth

This has been a year of haptics: From the widespread use of it in consumer electronics through the Apple Watch, to the boom in development of touchable interfaces. Soon, an astronaut aboard the ISS will attempt a major haptic experiment — by controlling a super-precise robot here on Earth using force feedback from aboard the ISS.

This Ice Rover's Descendants Will Explore Europa's Ocean 

The allure of a warm, liquid ocean beneath Europa’s icy surface has inspired science fiction and real NASA missions alike. But if and when we get around to extraterrestrial oceanography, what will our undersea explorers look like?

Curiosity Has A Rock Wedged In Its Wheel

Like any vehicle, Curiosity’s wheels have to roll over whatever lies in its path. Sadly, that path isn’t always smooth: Now, the rover has a chunk of rock wedged in one of the grooves of its wheels.

It's Been A Full Decade Since We Landed The Spirit Rover On Mars

On January 4, 2004, the first of two identical robotic exploratory rovers, NASA’s Spirit, snapped this stunning 360 degree image of its surroundings, moments after setting down on Mars. In the years to follow, both Spirit and its sister Opportunity helped revolutionise our understanding of the Red Planet.

Monster Machines: NASA's Student-Designed Arctic Explorer Survives Its First Tundra Test

After a five-month expedition to the wilds of Greenland, the GROVER (Greenland Rover and/or Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research) has returned, intact and toting some valuable climate data. Not bad for an ROV developed by engineering students.

10 Years Ago, Opportunity Rover Began A 90-Day Mission That Never Ended

When NASA’s Opportunity rover launched on July 7th, 2003, expectations were modest. It would spend 90 Martian days exploring soil and rock samples and taking panoramas of the Red Planet; anything else would be a bonus. Nearly 10 years after its initial shift was up, Opportunity is still going strong.

Blow Through Nine Months Of Mars Roving Photos In Just One MInute

Since it touched down in August, Curiosity has been taking heaps of pictures. We’ve already seen some of the best shots, but there are hundreds more where that came from.

Monster Machines: NASA's Space Exploration Vehicle

After spending all that time, money and effort delivering a crew of astronauts millions of miles through space to some distant celestial body, do we really expect them to trundle around like a pack of schmucks once they get there? Not a chance. That’s why NASA’s next explorers will roll deep in the Space Exploration Vehicle.

Monster Machines: NASA's Student-Designed Explorer Launches Today

Whether you think it’s our fault or not, the simple fact of the matter is that the Earth is heating up — so much so that last summer’s heat caused surface melting along an unprecedented 97 per cent of the Greenland ice sheet. Now, researchers are turning to an ever-ready solar rover to survey the damage.

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