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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Will Now Be Able To Take On-The-Go Photos

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Will Now Be Able To Take On-The-Go Photos

The new software, dubbed the Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS), will allow the rover to look specifically for rocks of certain shapes, sizes, or brightnesses. “The idea is, when it’s doing a long drive, a scientist can say, ‘Oh, if you see this type of rock in the middle of this drive or at the end of the drive, go ahead and take some high-quality, high-resolution images of it before the rover moves past,” said Tara Estlin, a senior member of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Artificial Intelligence Group and AEGIS project leader. “Earlier this week, Curiosity parked in front of a football-size rock, which it photographed. NASA scientists plan to use the rover’s spectrometer to determine the rock’s composition.”

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2012/09/22/nasas-curiosity-mars-rov...

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