Vote Now! Desert RATS 2010
Help us decide where to explore!
In September 2010, NASA will be simulating a lunar mission in northern Arizona. Astronauts will drive the "Space Exploration Vehicle" (SEV) to explore and do geology field work. We need your help to decide where the crews should go!
Voting is now closed.
We have taken two GigaPan panoramic images of the Desert RATS test site. Members of the public voted to help NASA decide which location to visit. The winning location, "F", received a positive vote from 67% of voters. The location appears to be a place where multiple overlapping lava flows can be examined. It will be incorporated into the mission plan, and the Desert RATS crew will go there in the SEV to perform field geology and collect rock samples.
The voting site was visited by people from 88 countries and more than 2,500 votes were received.
GigaPan is a robot camera and software system that makes it easy to create very high-resolution panoramas containing more than a billion pixels. The GigaPan system automatically captures hundreds of images and assembles them into interactive panoramas. GigaPan was inspired by the panoramic images taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and was developed collaboratively by the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group and Carnegie Mellon University with support from Google.
About Desert RATS
The Desert Research and Technology Studies (D-RATS) is a NASA-led team of engineers, researchers, and scientists working together to prepare for future human and robotic exploration. The D-RATS 2010 mission involves field testing two "Space Exploration Vehicles" (SEV), which allow astronauts to spend two weeks (or more) living, working, and traveling across different planets. During D-RATS 2010, astronauts will use two SEV's to explore a lava flow and test science data collection, communications protocols, mission operations, and advanced technology.