Friday, October 30

NASA Mars Rover Concept Vehicle unveiled at Kennedy Space Center

NASA has unveiled a new concept for a vehicle that could one day transport next generation of space explorers. Created by Parker Brothers Concepts, the rover is 8.5 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 3.3 metres high, sitting on six massive wheels and weighing 2.7 tonnes.

It can carry up to four astronauts and has a detachable mobile lab.

Despite its bulk, the vehicle can reach a speed of 110 km/h, thanks to an electric motor powered by solar panels and a 700-volt battery, though it’s not likely to travel more than 24 km/h in the atmosphere and terrain of Mars.

It features life-support systems, navigation and communication systems, and design and materials that relate to conditions and resources on Mars.



Two previous rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, landed on Mars in 2004. Spirit went out of commission in 2010, but Opportunity is still going. The two have produced hundreds of thousands of images and reams of data. Then there’s Curiosity, which arrived on Mars in 2012 with the most advanced scientific equipment to date. It can send back raw images and video, and capture rock, soil and air samples, which it analyzes on board.

NASA expects to send a robotic rover back to Mars in 2020.

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