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Two small rovers in a sandy yard. The rover in the back has solar panels fitted to it and white wheels. The one in the front has orange wheels and no solar panels.

CADRE Rovers’ Test Drive in the Mars Yard

Two full-scale development model rovers that are part of NASA's CADRE (Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration) technology demonstration drive in the Mars Yard at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in August 2023. The project is designed to show that a group of robotic spacecraft can work together as a team to accomplish tasks and record data autonomously – without explicit commands from mission controllers on Earth.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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