June 2013

GROVER Passes Its First Polar Test

Photo of GROVER.

GROVER didn’t have it easy in Greenland: the solar-powered rover, developed under the supervision of Lora Koenig, had to defy 30 mph gusts and temperatures down to minus 22 F while Boise State University graduate students tested its power consumption and ability to collect radar data, among other parameters. The robot demonstrated it was able to execute commands sent from afar over an Iridium satellite connection.

To learn more about the GROVER testing and watch a video, click here.

Lab Offers Activities for DeafBlind Camp of Maryland

Photo from the DeafBlind Camp.

Some 100 campers and volunteers from the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland were able to enjoy the hands-on activities organized by the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory and other NASA Goddard labs on June 12. One of the most popular activities among the visitors, most of whom had significant hearing and vision loss, was trying on the polar gear displayed at the lab’s booth. The campers also showed interest in a Greenlandic ice core bit and in a visual and tactile demonstration of how ice deforms at different temperatures.