Ever wonder what the rovers on Mars are doing? Here’s your chance to ask NASA Mars. Use the NASA Mars skill to learn about Mars and get the latest rover updates directly from NASA. Mission team members write the updates weekly. These short summaries let you keep tabs on what is happening at the Red Planet. You’ll find out if the rovers are driving, drilling, or snapping photos of interesting rock features. Example: “Alexa, ask NASA Mars what Curiosity is doing on Mars.” Find out answers to the most frequently asked questions NASA gets from the public. Example: Have you ever wondered why Mars is red? Just ask: “Alexa, ask NASA Mars: why is Mars red?” Teachers, use in your classroom to connect to discoveries on Mars!
This skill, like the atmosphere of Mars, is not for the faint of heart! It is detailed and scientific but also satisfies the curiosity it takes to dream about details of our Mars.
Once enabled the app will prompt you to ask questions about the majestic red planet. In answering them it takes a scientific approach to answers that sometimes result in long winded responses. Without the skill you can ask Alexa "How far away is Mars" and get a distance. With the app enabled you get a detailed response that tells you the average distance and the min and max depending on time in orbits, distance from the sun, and a summary of how long it would take to get there using current technologies.
For the budding interstellar adventurer the question "Can I go to Mars" elicits an optimistic response that also details some of the difficulties in doing so. Hopefully this app will help find and encourage people to solve those challenges.
I am an amateur, amateur, astronomer, and am really impressed with the information, I can glean. Have had my telescopes trained on many, heavenly bodies, and it is interesting to find more information, on them.
This is a very, very detailed update of the Curiosity Rover and is easy to understand. After you ask alexa for an update she will continue to listen so that you can ask another question. If JPL made another skill for the ISS I would definitely enable that one too.
Like worse things and Alexa, it gets better as the more questions you ask. Because it’s an AI, it takes a adjustment. If you are some basic questions you get some decent answers you have to be so very specific. Still a much better answer than Google home and Siri. Overall the NASA app did pretty well.
When asked how long Opportunity has been on Mars, it gave the age of Mars. When asked what the first probe to Mars was it said asked me another question like what is the history of Mars exploration, or what is the name of the first probe to land on Mars. When asked what is the name of the first probe on Mars it said Ask me another question like... Giving the same answer as before. It is difficult to learn anything about Mars. Not very good.