Victoria Steiner Feb. 4, 2004
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-0176 or 604-9000
As NASA's twin robot geologists Spirit and Opportunity explore the surface of Mars, Personal Exploration Rovers let kids and adults experience the thrill of exploring the red planet from Earth.
"The Personal Exploration Rover is part of a larger project to develop low-cost robotic devices that can be used in education, science museums and the home," said Daniel Clancy, director of information sciences and technology at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. "In the future, you will be able to bring one of these home for your kids. The robot will be able to move around your house, take pictures, interact with your dog, and do other tasks," he added.
Developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University with support from NASA and Intel Corp., the Personal Exploration Rovers (PERs) reside in 'Mars yards,' specially designed to mimic martian terrain at the new Mars Center at NASA Ames.
Live interviews with NASA's Clancy and with Illah Nourbakhsh, associate professor of robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, will originate from NASA Ames on NASA TV.
To book a window for an interview on Thursday, Feb. 12, between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. EDT, call Victoria Steiner at 650/604-0176 or e-mail at: Victoria.L.Steiner@nasa.gov
NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2 (C-Band satellite), transponder 9C at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization with a downlink frequency of 3880 Mhz and audio of 6.8 Mhz.
B-roll footage of the Personal Exploration Rover and the Mars Exploration Rovers will be available via satellite during the live shots or upon prior arrangement.
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