Rocky 7 team seeks schools for rover testing

From: "Ann L. Kasun" <> (by way of Jan Wee <>)
Subject: Rocky 7 team seeks schools for rover testing
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 13:32:10 -0600


>Date: Tue, 18 Mar 1997 12:36:58 -0800 (PST)
>From: JPL Public Information Office <>
>Subject: Rocky 7 team seeks schools for rover testing
>PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011 
>Contact: Diane Ainsworth
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       March 17, 1997                  
>     NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be conducting a week-
>long series of field tests in May with its next-generation rover, 
>called Rocky 7. To engage students in this exciting NASA 
>activity, the Rocky 7 team is seeking international participation 
>by middle and secondary schools interested in remotely driving 
>the rover during one of the tests on May 30.
>     Four to six classrooms which have the necessary computer 
>hardware and software capabilities to participate in the testing 
>will be selected. The students will collaborate to plan command 
>sequences which will be sent to the rover for execution. The 
>students will be able to see the rover exploring specified 
>locations and performing tasks such as digging 
>and placing an instrument mounted to its 1.5-meter (5-foot) mast 
>against a rock.
>     "The purpose of these tests is to demonstrate how scientists 
>around the world will collaborate in future Mars rover missions 
>to plan daily rover activities," said Dr. Paul Backes, rover 
>ground system cognizant engineer. "The test will also demonstrate 
>how mission information will be made available to the general 
>public. Anyone on the Internet will be able to see the plan that 
>the students generate and, then, be able to watch the rover 
>performing the tasks." 
>     Schools must submit a letter of interest, along with a 
>checklist of their computer hardware and software capabilities, 
>to Dr. Cheick Diarra, via email at, 
>or by fax, 818-393-6800, or by U.S.mail to Cheick Diarra, Jet 
>Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop 180-401, 
>Pasadena, Calif., 91109.  All letters must be received no later 
>than April 18.   
>     Those classes selected to participate in the test will be 
>notified by May 5. Selection  will be based on the following 
>computer hardware, software and technical support requirements:
>     - Computers must be either Pentium-class personal computers 
>with 32-megabytes of memory or Sun UNIX computers, using 
>a minimum of Sparc 20 and running Solaris operating 
>     - Monitors must be at least 17-inch color monitors with 
>1024 by 768 resolution;
>     - The preferred Internet connection should be an ISDN 
>(integrated services digital network) connection, but a 
>28.8K modem is sufficient;
>     - The Web browser should be, at minimum, Netscape Navigator 
>3.0 or Internet Explorer 3.0 supporting Java 
>     Schools must also be able to provide on-site technical 
>support during the tests and be able to set up their computer 
>networks about three weeks before the May 30 test.  Preferably, 
>schools should have at least two computers in the classroom to 
>allow several students to participate at the same time.
>     The Rocky 7 rover development is led by Dr. Samad Hayati and 
>supported by JPL's Robotics and Mars Exploration Technology 
>Program Office for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, 
>     More information about the Rocky 7 development and the May 
>field testing can be obtained on the World Wide Web at: 
>     Further information about student participation in the May 
>testing is available at: 

Ann L. Kasun,  Site Coordinator
VSU Kings Bay
PO Box 47009
Kings Bay, Ga. 31547 

Telephone  912 673 2001 x 8524
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