This awesome video gives us an update about what’s going on w/r/t Curiosity and the surface of Mars.
Notice what’s going on between :41 and :55-- the team sends a signal to Mars, Curiosity responds, and the team reacts jubilantly.
Except that, by my guesstimations, from the time the team sent the signal to wiggle the wheels until the team saw the evidence that, I’ll be damned, the wheels are moving, must have been half an hour or more.
My reasoning goes like this: the team sends a signal to Curiosity at c (the speed of light). From earth to Mars at c should take [WAG] about 20 minutes. Curiosity receives the signal, does what it’s told, and sends the signal back, at c, taking another 20 minutes for the information to get back.
So that means the team has an agonizing 40-minute wait each time they tell Curiosity to do something, right? Or am I missing something?