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During the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend, a team from NASA told a packed audience of video game enthusiasts that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is not only using game technology to help the rest of us earthlings get an up close look at the latest mission to Mars, but it's also using game tech to better control NASA's robots and rovers.

In fact, Jeff Norris, manager of the Planning and Execution Systems Section at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, says he believes video games are key to how humans will explore space in the future.

I suspect a game of robots on Mars would be very popular.

I agree. If it's fun.

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