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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 one on either side of a ball shaped rover. The tread
wheels 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. 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 light- weight 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 ot 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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