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Photos: Astronaut In Orbit Drives Robots on Earth

NASA K10 Rover Surface Survey

Dominick Hart/NASA

NASA's K10 rover at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field,Calif., performs a surface survey with its cameras and laser system, and then deployed a simulated polymide antenna while being controlled by an astronaut in space during a June 2013 test. [Read the Full Story]

NASA Telerobotics Chris Cassidy

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Chris Cassidy studies the Surface Telerobotics Workbench on the International Space Station to remotely operate the K10 rover on Earth at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., in June 2013. [Read the Full Story]

K10 rover at dawn in the Ames Research Center’s Specially Built "Roverscape"

Terry Fong/NASA

NASA's K10 rover is seen at dawn at the Ames Research Center specially built "Roverscape" in Moffett Field, Calif. The rover was remote controlled by an astronaut on the International Space Station during a June 2013 technology test. [Read the Full Story]

Mars Telepresence Illustration

NASA/GSFC

Safely tucked inside orbiting habitat, space explorers use telepresence to operate machinery on Mars, even lobbing a sample of the Red Planet to the outpost for detailed study. This technology could also find use in investigating hellish Venus. [Read the Full Story]

NASA K10 Surface Telerobotics Workbench

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NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy uses the Surface Telerobotics Workbench installed on the International Space Station to remotely operate the K10 rover on Earth at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., in June 2013. [Read the Full Story]

Operating Robots on Moon's Surface from Lunar Orbit

Dan Lester, University of Texas

Astronauts at an in-space habitat near the moon could achieve near-telepresence, allowing greatly increased functionality of robots on the lunar surface compared to control from Earth. [Read the Full Story]

K10 Rover Surface Test

Dominick Hart/NASA

NASA's K10 rover at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field,Calif., performs a surface survey with its cameras and laser system, and then deployed a simulated polymide antenna while being controlled by an astronaut in space during a June 2013 test. [Read the Full Story]

PLUTO Multipurpose Support Room

Ernie Smith/NASA

At the NASA Johnson Space Center, the PLUTO multipurpose support room provides data communication and crew laptop support. [Read the Full Story]

Mission Proposed to Send Astronauts to the Moon's Far Side

Lockheed Martin [Full Story]

The L2-Farside Mission, a mission to the moon's far side depicted here, is being championed by builder of the Orion spacecraft, Lockheed Martin Space Systems. It is seen as an intermediate step toward more challenging missions beyond low Earth orbit. Shown here is how an astronaut crew would teleoperate robots on the lunar surface. [Read the Full Story]

K10 Mission-Simulation Science Team

Jack Burns/UC-Boulder

At the University of Colorado, Boulder, a mission-simulation science team helped plot rover remote operations that simulated deployment of a lunar far side antenna for radio astronomy observations. [Read the Full Story]

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