Virtual Sojourner
Student Activity #1: Driving Blind


Photo courtesy NASA

The objective of this activity is for you to modify a radio-controlled car or truck to perform a mission without actually being there! This activity simulates a mission Pathfinder's rover, Sojourner, performed on Mars during the Summer of 1997. The mission will also have implications to the Rocky7 rover suggested for future Mars missions.

This is the ultimate remote control challenge--direct a mechanical device to perform a set of operations without seeing what it is doing! Watch out--what happened to Sojourner might happen to you!

Photo courtesy NASA

The Mission

The mission is to command your "rover" to move to a specific location. Its job at this location is to perform an experiment and record data.

Suggested procedure:

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