Audio Slideshow: NASA Marscape
At NASA's Marscape at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., scientists test the technology for the next generation of galactic rovers.
At NASA's Marscape at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., scientists are busy playing around with the hardware and software that will one day become our eyes and ears in space. It's part lab, part playground, and the idea is to simulate the challenging conditions which NASA robots will encounter while exploring moons and planets. Terry Fong, director of the Intelligent Robotics Group at the NASA Ames Research Center, takes us behind the scenes and gives us an up close look at the research and development his team is doing in embedded systems, human-computer interaction, robotics and software development.