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Prepping for Mars! Rover Field Tests

When the two Mars Exploration Rovers arrive at the red planet in January 2004, mission scientists will rely on them to make discoveries. To prepare for intense operations during the mission, NASA's scientists and engineers work with a rover here on Earth called FIDO. Field tests with FIDO allow the team to formulate hypotheses about the geologic environment and use the rover to test them. The August 2002 tests went really well. The science team met their mission success criteria, which included going to at least two different locations (other than the landing site) and making extensive measurements, driving 200 meters (656 feet), and digging a soil trench with one of the rover's wheels...

More: JPL - FIDO Field Test

Link: Cornell MER Athena Team - FIDO Rover