Drs. Roman Buniy and Eric Minassian took several Physics students to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena May 29. Students were able to tour the laboratories and control rooms where the Mars Lander “Curiosity” was developed and launched. They were also granted access to several prototype and replica robots, which are used for mission control for the Curiosity. The students were granted exclusive access to these machines, as that area of the JPL is not open to the public.

 

The control room at the JPL

The control room where the Curiosity lander is managed