Mars could be explored by orbiting astronauts using telepresence (Image: NASA/GSFC)
The Meteron Operations and Communications Prototype, or Mocup (Photo: ESA)
Meteron Operations and Communications Prototype (Mocup) (Image: ESA)
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams during a spacewalk at the ISS (Image: NASA)
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams using the laptop (Image: NASA)
The internet has changed a great deal of modern society, and now it promises to change space exploration as well. In late October, International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 33 commander Sunita Williams used a NASA-developed laptop aboard the station to control a LEGO Mindstorm robot, located at the European Space Agency (ESA) European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. Using a “space internet,” she was able to control the robot in real time despite being in orbit at an altitude of 230 miles (370 km).
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