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What do we use robots for -Curiosity rover

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Transcript of What do we use robots for -Curiosity rover

WHAT DO WE USE ROBOTS FOR? THE CURIOSITY ROVER The Curiosity Rover Was designed to explore Mars by NASA. The rover
is specifically designed to determine whether Mars
could have ever supported life, if water had a role on
Mars, and to study the geology and climate of Mars. The Curiosity Rover simulates human exploration
and archeological surveying where humans
cannot go easily. This way we can get the
information we want and stay on Earth at the
same time. The Curiosity Rover Is currently in service on Mars, since it was designed
to be a Mars Rover. It will most likely continue to be
active there until it breaks down and is no longer
usable, much like the other rovers. It's robotic arm's work envelope consists of three
joints and a 360 degrees turning range. The arm
itself is somewhat of a Swiss Army Knife, because
it consists five different usable devices. The End Effector of the Curiosity Rover is multifunctional.
It has three devices to prepare and acquire
samples of Mars' surface, a percussion drill,
a brush, and a scooping, sieving and
portioning mechanism. It also has a and X-Ray Spectrometer, used to irradiate samples and map the radiation, and a camera for microscopic pictures of soil. The Curiosity Rover Is "taught" to perform is task by being programmed
by the programmers at NASA. Obviously it must be programmed with simple and precise instructions, otherwise it would not function. To have it perform something complicated you would have to string a series of simple and precise instructions that make up that one final task, and with the Curiosity Rover it is vital that you be as
precise as possible, otherwise it will not work
and it might not even make it to Mars. The Curiosity Rover Does have a few sensors. One of them is an automatic sensor that is designed to keep the rover from exceeding a 30 degree tilt, so it doesn't overturn. It also has a UVS, Ultraviolet Sensor, which is used to measure UV Radiation. Advantages
There are many advantages to using
the Curiosity Rover instead of an
actual astronaut.

First of all it is much safer having
a non-living robot on mars, for there
is radiation and other hazards in space.

Second of all the robot does not need
to eat, drink, and get sunlight to survive,
so it can stay on Mars it's whole life. Disadvantages Of course there are disadvantages also.

First of all building the Rover costs time and money.
You have to make sure you have trained engineers
that are capable of making correct calculations, because
the rover could very well deliver a command a few
seconds late while landing and crash.

Second of all if the engineers are not careful, organisms from Earth, like germs and other small substances, could get on Mars. People at NASA have been very careful
about this, and it would be a shame to introduce
something non-native to Mars. The Impact The Curiosity Rover will probably impact
many peoples future careers. It has already
found evidence of water on Mars, which
could potentially influence people to
become engineers at NASA so they can
make discoveries similar to what Curiosity
is finding. Careers The Curiosity Rover has brought in
engineering jobs, because it needed to
be constructed. It also brought
programmers jobs at NASA and may
have opened up future jobs for
monitoring and analyzing the data
from the rover. The Curiosity Rover Will probably not be altered or improved,
but it may be remade with improvements
for exploring and analyzing other planets
in our solar system. It's drills may be improved,
or it will be modified to recognize different
natural materials. It's transportation system
may be improved so it can move on different kinds
of terrain, or it may be modified so it can land
on different planets with ease. First color panoramic view of Mars. The Rover on it's way down to Mars. The Rover's shadow. Description of how the Rover must land.
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