California Institute of Technology
Mars Exploration Rover Mission
First Person - Ayanna Howard - 08/20/2003
JPL robotics engineer Dr. Ayanna Howard explains
how engineers design and test rovers that may one day go to Mars
Go to: http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/video/people.html
click on: First Person - Ayanna Howard 'RealPlayer' or 'QuickTime'
(you will need to have RealPlayer or QuickTime installed on your computer)
(150-Foot Solar Tower Current Towercam Image from Mt. Wilson)
to catch a glimpse of
as great as...is
ears and eyes
(= 12 inches)
to deal with
flat and even
in this regard
artificial intelligence (AI)
smarts (= intelligence)
see how it does
to be patterned
The Bionic Woman
to build up with
to take s.t. to the next level
Listening comprehension questions:
1. Where is Mt. Wilson, and why is it significant in this feature?
2. In the past, when was the only time the 100-inch telescope at Mt. Wilson could be profitably used to view Mars?
3. Where is Lake Tahoe?
4. How has the ability to see features on Mars changed in recent times?
5. How many centimeters are there in one foot?
6. Why can't engineers on earth simply 'joystick' a Mars Rover by remote control?
7. What is a drawback of using airbags for landing a Mars Rover?
8. What is artificial intelligence needed for when devising a landing method for a Mars Rover?
9. How are Mars Rovers tested before they are launched on a mission to Mars?
10. How did Howard become interested in engineering?