NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity would have a hard time completing its mission if it were not for a successful partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor-student team at UT. Ben Blalock, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and two graduate students, designed a tiny microchip that weighs close to a paper clip and helps control the motors on the rover.
Three UT professors have had a hand in NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Ben Blalock. The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Blalock about his role developing microchips that help control dozens of motors inside the rover.
WATE-TV’s Jill McNeal interviewed Jeffrey Moersch, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, before he headed to California for his Mars Mission. He and Linda Kah, also an associate professor in the department, are an integral part of the NASA team working on the Curiosity rover.