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By Jonathon, Tony, Hailey, Levyana, Zach
Assistance on Mars
Our robot has many important tools. It has a spiked conveyer belt to give it traction on slick rocks and ice crystals. Two eyes seem very important so the robot might see where it has yet to go. These eyes rotate so it could be able to see in all directions. This machine has a square body covered in nylon. This nylon protects it from sharp rocks and ice crystals that may pierce its thin outer shell. This robot has a scanner that detects minerals hidden inside other rocks. There is also a scanner on the inside of the robot. This scanner makes it so rocks that have already been found and have no other useful or interesting minerals on or in them are discarded. These minerals and rocks go through a tube that will then deposit them on to the surface of Mars. Those rocks that are useful go through another tube that then deposits them into the rock storage place.
In Mar’s Winds
This particular robot has springs in special places to enable it to bounce if it is tossed into the air or blown over. It can regain balance by using its springs to bounce back up, and then continue its journey on Mars. These springs also allow it to hop over large ditches and cracks.
Sources of Power
This special assistant has a battery to give it energy to work, as well as a computer to give it commands. This robot has a digital camera to take pictures of undiscovered life forms. This robot has a computer chip so that the astronauts can give commands. For an example, giving it a command to see if everything is all set to go on the trip to Mars. Another thing the astronauts can give to the robot is command to pick up rocks that have not yet been found. If the astronauts do not have access to the robot, the commands will already be downloaded into the computer chip.
How Fast Can It Go?
This robot/rover can go up to 15 m.p.h.
NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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