Here are links to news stories featuring a recent experiment onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Mission Commander Sunita Williams used a laptop to remotely control a robotic “Lego” rover at the European Space Agency (ESA) European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany. For more information about Lego rovers, see this article.
This experiment showed basic feasibility of remotely controlling robotic probes on the surface of other planets. Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for space communications and navigation at NASA Headquarters stated “The experimental DTN we’ve tested from the space station may one day be used by humans on a spacecraft in orbit around Mars to operate robots on the surface, or from Earth using orbiting satellites as relay stations.”