K10 rover is to be controlled by astronaut onboard the International Space Station in telerobotics experiment.
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Space Station Astronauts to Practice Robot Remote Control

by Leonard David, Space Insider Columnist
Date: 18 December 2012 Time: 10:41 AM ET

Next year, a set of sophisticated experiments are planned to utilize the talents of astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) to control robotic hardware on Earth.

The tests would spotlight the feasibility of telerobotic deployment of science experiments, critical equipment and structures at distant spots in the solar system, be it on the moon, at asteroids, or on Mars.

The moon’s farside is a possible early goal for missions beyond low-Earth orbit using NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle in tandem with teleoperated robots. The lunar L2 Lagrange Point is a location where the combined gravity of the Earth and moon allows a spacecraft to be synchronized with the moon in its orbit around the Earth, so that the spacecraft is relatively stationary over the farside of the moon.

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