Video: Astronaut on space mission remotely test drives rover in Netherlands

Astronaut on space mission remotely test drives rover in Netherlands, 25 Nov 2019
Astronaut on space mission remotely test drives rover in Netherlands, 25 Nov 2019European Space AgencyTwitter

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, currently on space mission on the ISS, successfully test drove a rover in a hangar in the Netherlands on Monday. He remotely completed a course, avoiding obstacles and picking up rock samples, in a test to see whether control from space is feasible for future rover missions. 

Parmitano successfully completed the Analog-1 series of experiments, the European Space Agency said on Twitter. And he did so 30 minutes ahead of schedule. 

The earthbound part of this experiment happened in a hangar on the former airport of Valkenburg, where a pre-set route was marked off with pylons for the rover, according to Tweakers. Parmitano was instructed which rocks to pick up from the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany. 

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