Photos: How an astronaut piloted a robotic rover hundreds of miles below on Earth

Guided from the heavens

Remote controlling a robot almost 250 miles below you while hurtling through space at just under 18,000mph is no simple feat.

But while guiding a bot from orbit is difficult, on Tuesday European astronaut Andreas Mogensen demonstrated it's not impossible.

From his vantage point on board the International Space Station (ISS), the European Space Agency (ESA) crew member successfully controlled a robotic rover at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands.

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.