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The rover we designed for transportation of our Mars’ astronauts would be able to hold four astronauts. It has tread wheels two on either side of a ball shaped rover giving it stability. The wheel treads would have the ability to raise and lower to accommodate changes in the Martian landscape, when necessary the wheels can convert into a hovering mode.
The rover is powered by a light- weight solar panel similar to our solar calculators. To exit the rover release a robotic probe there’s a hatch on the bottom of the rover’s balled body. The rover is made of a lightweight inflatable rubber; it has a reflective surface to help deflect radiation and the heat on the Martian surface. There is a clear window of strong plastic and glass alloyed to allow astronauts a clear view.
This is a design that could be tested easily on Earth’s surface where there is high volcanic activity. But it’s not a practical vehicle for Earth given when exploring Earth we don’t need to worry about radiation, excessive heat, or deal with weight limits for transportation of vehicles.
NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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