Driving the Mars Rovers Operating sophisticated robots like the Mars rovers from more than 100 million miles away presents unique challenges. Scientists and engineers have to sift through mountains of data each day, and then make decisions within a matter of hours about what to tell the rover to do next. NPR's Joe Palca goes behind the scenes at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
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Driving the Mars Rovers

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Driving the Mars Rovers

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Operating sophisticated robots like the Mars rovers from more than 100 million miles away presents unique challenges. Scientists and engineers have to sift through mountains of data each day, and then make decisions within a matter of hours about what to tell the rover to do next. NPR's Joe Palca goes behind the scenes at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.