NASA EDGE brought back some stunning video and photos, but Ron explained that the pictures don’t tell the entire story.
“It’s really the little things. We were instructed not to interact with the two test subjects. I mean, if they are staring into the sun and claiming that they’re heading North, you don’t correct them. Not that that happened. That was just an example.”
Franklin added, “We are so used to correcting the Co-Host. It was actually a challenge not to interact or intervene. But it’s cool, because everybody learns more by working through the errors and kinks along the way.”
Despite dry heat, malfunctioning communications equipment, uncooperative weather and a relentlessly rugged drive into the desert, the mission is going well and NASA, the D-RATS and even NASA EDGE are learning and making progress.
Joe Kosmo put it best when he said quite simply, “we are out here to learn.”
Here are just a few photos of today’s activity in the desert.
The LER drives toward some questionable weather. Credit: Ron Beard
Check out the cool observation bubble. Is that Brentin there? Credit: Ron Beard
They don't have full suits, but they are going through all of theimportant motions. Credit: Ron
This pic would never be taken on the Moon, except for the thumbs up! Credit: Ron Beard