Name Michael Attenberger
Class 480
Year 2012
Quarter Fall
Section 3
Presentation Date November 13, 2012
Presentation Given Yes
Topic(s) AI technology in the Mars Science Laboratory Mission

The Mars Science Laboratory is a space mission to Mars launched by NASA at the end of 2011. The mission successfully landed the mars rover Curiosity on August 6, 2012. The rover is expected to serve new knowledge about the Mars. It also looks for some kind of living on this planet. The average distance between Earth and Mars is about 225 million km. Signals send to the space mission need a long time until they arrive there. This lag caused several problems during the previous space missions with rovers on mars. The engineers who created this space mission developed new technology to increase the level of intelligence of the rover and to enable the mission to act to a certain degree autonomy. During my AI Nugget presentation I want to give a short overview about previous rovers on mars, the main features of the Mars Science Laboratory and describe AI related innovations of this mission.

Youtube Video Chanel NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology

Fact Sheet Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity

Technology overview on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology website

Blog about Software update for Curiosity rover Author: Jason Davis Published: August 10, 2012

Learn about Curiosity

Mars Rover Installing Smarts for Driving Authors: Guy Webster, Dwayne Brown Published: August 10, 2012

Curiosity rover on Wikipedia

Mars Science Laboratory Mission and Science Investigation Authors: John P. Grotzinger • Joy Crisp • Ashwin R. Vasavada • Robert C. Anderson • Charles J. Baker • Robert Barry • David F. Blake • Pamela Conrad • Kenneth S. Edgett • Bobak Ferdowski • Ralf Gellert • John B. Gilbert • Matt Golombek • Javier Gómez-Elvira • Donald M. Hassler • Louise Jandura • Maxim Litvak • Paul Mahaffy • Justin Maki • Michael Meyer • Michael C. Malin • Igor Mitrofanov • John J. Simmonds • David Vaniman • Richard V.Welch • Roger C. Wiens Published online: 25 July 2012

Smart Robots on Mars: Deciding Where to Go and What to See Author Kiri L. Wagstaff Published: September 16, 2008