- Press Release
- August 8, 2022
Download the Public Version of the Software NASA Uses to Operate Mars Rovers
This Saturday, January 3, the first of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers will arrive on Mars and begin its mission.
The Maestro team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a public version of the primary
software tool used by the mission scientists to operate the rovers.
By visiting the Maestro website, you can download a scaled-down version of the program that NASA scientists use to operate Spirit and Opportunity rovers.
During the mission, updates will be released on this site containing real data from Mars that you can add to your copy of Maestro.
In order to use Maestro, your computer must meet the following minimum requirements:
- 256 MB of memory
- 100 MB of available disk space
- A Pentium 3 or equivalent processor (G3 on Mac)
- A 3D graphics accelerator (strongly recommended)
You will also need to be using one of the following supporting operating systems:
- Windows XP/2000/98/Me
- Mac OS X version 10.3 (Panther) , with Java3D installed
- Linux (recent versions)
- Solaris (recent versions)