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Driving rovers and installing Mares: flight day 7 finished ahead of schedule

9 Sep 2015, 16:55 UTC
Driving rovers and installing Mares: flight day 7 finished ahead of schedule
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Columbus space laboratory before Mares. Credits: ESA/NASA
Flight day 7, Tuesday, was a big day for ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen on the International Space Station. He started work on the three-day Mares experiment that would significantly remodel the Columbus space laboratory where Andreas is living and working for eight days.
Columbus laboratory with Mares deployed. Credits: Col-CC cam
Mares will measure Andreas’s muscles in space, it is such a complex and large machine that cosmonaut Sergei Volkov was planned to help Andreas deploy and set it up. The two worked together like clockwork and finished the installing and battery charging ahead of schedule to let Andreas start with Supvis-E.
Supvis-E is a second rover driving experiment that focuses on the network and interface for controlling rovers on Earth from space. The test for the day was supposed to
be part one of two that included setting up two laptops and a simple test-drive. The Meteron team behind Supvis-E, Andreas’s quick setup and excellent driving skills and the easy-to-use interface meant that the experiment went much quicker than could have been hoped for. The team set ahead and continued with the next-day’s part of the experiment and Andreas finished that as ...

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