View Full Version : Interplanetary Network Connects Rovers, Orbiters, Agencies and Earth

2005-Sep-11, 08:05 PM
SUMMARY: NASA and the European Space Agency have demonstrated that their spacecraft can talk to each other. In a recent test, the ESA's Mars Express orbiter transferred data and commands to NASA's Spirit rover. The commands for the rover were transferred from Spirit's control centre at JPL to the ESA's operations centre in Darmstadt Germany and then transmitted to Mars Express, which connected to Spirit on the surface of Mars. Spirit then transmitted back to Mars Express, and the communications went in reverse. The two agencies planned this demonstration as part of their ongoing work to cooperate in space.

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