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Mojave Desert, east of Los Angeles (NASA Ames participation)
05.09.07
 
Overview:

As far back as 1999 in California's Mojave Desert NASA tested how a geologist in a spacesuit and a robotic rover could work together to explore other planets.

A team of scientists and engineers from NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and Johnson Space Center, Houston, conducted the first field test involving the Russian-built Marsokhod and a geologist wearing a NASA advanced prototype spacesuit.

Media contact:

Mike Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650-604-3937
Email: mmewhinney@mail.arc.nasa.gov

Key Mission People
Chris McKay, scientist, NASA Ames Research Center.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/research/2006/mckay.html

Nathalie Cabrol of the SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif., and the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Cabrol served as the science leader for the Astronaut-Rover Interaction for Planetary Surface Exploration (ASRO) experiment, the four-day primary science mission was conducted Feb. 22-25, 1999, in the Mojave Desert, east of Los Angeles.
http://web99.arc.nasa.gov/~ncabrol/



Related links:

March 23, 2007
NASA Spaceward Bound Scientists and Teachers Study the Mojave --
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - NASA scientists and teachers will step back in time as they investigate the Mojave Desert to study the unique geologic formations and the supremely adapted microbes that call it home.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2007/07_15AR.html

March 21, 2007
RELEASE: 07_13AR
NASA Scientists and Teachers to Study Mars in the Mojave Desert --
. . . .On March 25-30, 2007, NASA's Spaceward Bound project at the agency's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will take a team of NASA scientists and 40 teachers from throughout the country to study the unique geologic formations of California's Mojave Desert and the supremely adapted microbes that call it home.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2007/07_13AR.html

Feb. 25, 1999
ROBOTIC ROVER, SPACESUITED GEOLOGIST WORK TOGETHER IN TEST OF FUTURE EXPLORATION
NASA tested a remotely operated planetary rover and an advanced prototype spacesuit in southern California to see how robots and humans might someday work best together to explore other planets.

A team of scientists and engineers from NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and Johnson Space Center, Houston, conducted the first field test involving the Russian-built Marsokhod and a geologist wearing a NASA advanced prototype spacesuit.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/1999/99_14AR.html

Dubbed the Astronaut-Rover Interaction for Planetary Surface Exploration (ASRO) experiment, the four-day primary science mission was conducted Feb. 22-25, 1999, in the Mojave Desert, east of Los Angeles; a public demonstration will be held on Feb. 27, 1999.

The public web site for the Marsokhod field test is located at:
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc/special/mars/