Astronaut successfully controlled robot on Earth from space station

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Astronaut Successfully Controlled Robot On Earth From Space Station


An astronaut recently controlled a robot on Earth from aboard the International Space Station with astounding precision.

Andreas Mogensen remotely took hold over the blue-and-white robot and directed it toward a circuit board.

Once at the board, the rover, via Mogensen's joystick-based control, successfully placed a round peg into a quite narrow hole.

The process used tactile-based technology; Mogensen could essentially "feel" his way through the entire experiment.

A series of signals relayed by a dedicated array of satellites working simultaneously provided Mogensen with force-feedback in real-time.

On the rover's first peg-insertion attempt, the astronaut was able to feel something wasn't quite right.

Specifically, he could tell the pin hit the sides of the hole.

The second attempt was successful—and brought cheers.

Researchers anticipate such technology could be useful for upcoming Mars missions.

The technology has potential applications on Earth as well. Essentially any dangerous job where a human wouldn't want to go could be made much easier.

But the potential is still greater.

There are presently places on Earth—like the inside of a thermonuclear reactor brandishing one-million-degree heat—where a human simply cannot be. Haptic technology might offer a solution.

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The Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M is launched to the International Space Station from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in Kazakhstan, early Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft with the international crew of US astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui blasts off a launch pad of a Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - JULY 23: The Soyuz TMA-17M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 23, 2015 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket carries Expedition 44 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA, and Flight Engineer Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) into orbit to begin their five month mission on the International Space Station. (Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - JULY 23: The Soyuz TMA-17M rocket, as seen in this long exposure, launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 23, 2015 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket carries Expedition 44 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA, and Flight Engineer Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) into orbit to begin their five month mission on the International Space Station. (Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - JULY 23: Expedition 44 Flight Engineer Kimiya Yui, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), top; Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA, center, and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), bottom, wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft for launch on July 23, 2015 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Kononenko, Lindgren, and Yui will spend the next five months aboard the International Space Station. (Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images)
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, center, walks before boarding their Soyuz TMA-17M rocket, few hours before their launch to the International Space Station, at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, early Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP)
The Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M launched to the International Space Station from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in Kazakhstan, early Thursday, July 23, 2015. The Russian rocket carries Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgen and Japan astronaut Kimiya Yui. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft with the international crew of US astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui blasts off a launch pad of a Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
The Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M launched to the International Space Station from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in Kazakhstan, early Thursday, July 23, 2015. The Russian rocket carries Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgen and Japan astronaut Kimiya Yui. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M launched to the International Space Station from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in Kazakhstan, early Thursday, July 23, 2015. The Russian rocket carries Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgen and Japan astronaut Kimiya Yui. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Officials, friends and families of U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgen, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan astronaut Kimiya Yui, wait for crew's report for Russian state commission prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, early Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, a crew member of the next mission to the International Space Station, matches palm with his wife Tatiana out of a bus prior the launch of Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian Space Agency experts test a space suit of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, a crew member of the next mission to the International Space Station, prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
From left: U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgen, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan astronaut Kimiya Yui, crew members of the next mission to the International Space Station, walk to report for Russian state commission prior to the launch of the Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, early Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian Space Agency experts test a space suit of U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgen, a crew member of the next mission to the International Space Station, prior the launch of Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgen, a crew member of the next mission to the International Space Station, prepares for testing a space suit prior the launch of Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
From left: U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgen, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan astronaut Kimiya Yui, crew members of the next mission to the International Space Station, wave to their relatives and friends behind getting onto a bus prior the launch of Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, center, and Japan astronaut Kimiya Yui, crew members of the next mission to the International Space Station, wave to their relatives and friends as they walk to a bus prior the launch of Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
(From L) The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui leave their hotel for a launch pad of the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Baikonur on July 22, 2015 a few hours before blast-off. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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