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Mars Rover Essay

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It is the year 2006; Mission Control has sent a drone exploration team to the planet Mars. A Mars orbital satellite was launched from Moon Base Alpha. The MOS (Mars Orbital Satellite) has on board, MEL (Mars Exploration Lander). MEL is equipped with a combination landing pod and Launch platform. The Launch platform has a small orbiter rocket on board to return to the MOS and eventually to Earth. Inside the landing pod are four autonomous MER (Mars Exploration Rovers). The MERs are designed to seek out and examine rock specimens. After examining the specimens and sending back data to earth the MERs bring the smaller ...view middle of the document...

They have chosen to operate the 4 MERs by remote control to gather as many samples as fast as they can and bring one of the MERs back on the return orbiter. The launch window is only 2 minutes after touchdown. If they miss the launch window the MOS will come crashing down to the surface.The MEL has landed on the surface of Mars. It has touched down in the region of Hellas Planitia, a giant impact basin in the southern hemisphere. The MEL is equipped with radio and television transmission equipment to be able to send back pictures and sounds of Mars, as well as data recovered by the MERs. The MEL has begun the process of readying the small orbital rocket for takeoff, as directed by Mission Control. The countdown has begun...The Rover Control Operators at Mission Control know what their job is now. They must begin the task of directing the MERs on their search for samples to study. They have to gather as many specimens as they can and place them in the cargo bay of the return ship and if possible maneuver one of the MERs into launch position on the craft. The clock is ticking down.There are 4 Mars Explorer Rovers on board. It will be the job of these four robots to recover samples and bring them back to the module. The launch window for the return craft is critical. This return craft, designed to carry back recovered samples, has room for only one MER. The return of the samples is essential. The return of a MER is secondary.

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