First, it is quite difficult to drive an astronomically expensive one rover, on a still unknown planet, millions of miles away. Especially when you do this from home. But her team NASA who is responsible for Curiosity proves to be able to do it.
OR NASA released today how her team has adapted to the pandemic and manages to manage an important, ongoing mission, involving hundreds of people, but none of these individuals meet in person.
The team leader, Alicia Olbouth, says: "Usually we are all in the same room and we share screens, images and data. They are not just separate rooms, but also different programs and computer settings. I watch about 15 chat channels at any given time.
Of course, there are also video calls, sometimes many at a time. Processes that used to take place on high-performance workstations are now being done on laptops and Internet services. But while the added complexity makes the design process less efficient, the results continue.
By mid-March, the Jet Propulsion Lab's offices in Pasadena, California had been completely vacated and work suspended. But Curiosity is still working. As reported by NASA, recently went to a rock, took a sample and sent a confirmation back to the team, as it would if everything was working properly.