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Cruising Around Mars With Rover Driver Matthew Heverly
June 13, 2013
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Date: June 13, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Topic: Atmospheric Remote Sensing From Satellites
Grades: 4-12
Subject: Science and Engineering: Robotics
Careers: Mobility Systems Engineer: A person who is responsible for overall system engineering tasks associated with ensuring autonomous navigation of the rover to selected targets of scientific interest.

 
Matthew Heverly is the lead driver for the Curiosity rover now exploring the surface of Mars. Curiosity landed on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012. The rover currently is characterizing the planet to assess whether it ever had an environment able to support life. Heverly presented from the Marsyard at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Calif. Students watched as Heverly put Scarecrow, a Curiosity double, through its paces and then answered questions about the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity mission and the challenges of driving a rover on the surface of a planet 325 million kilometers away.

Heverly has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a master's degree in robotics from Boston University. He has worked at JPL since 2005, where he has developed research robots and has been a rover driver for both the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers.


Related Resources:
›  Curiosity Home Page →  
›  Mars Exploration Program →  
›  Discovery Guide: Mars Curiosity Rover →  
›  Educational Resources for Student and Teachers →  
›  The Space Place →  
›  Mars for Kids: The Fun Zone →  
›  Be A Martian →  

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Matt Heverly
Matt Heverly has worked at JPL since 2005, where he has developed research robots and has been a rover driver for both the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers.
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