The Kennedy Space Center kicked off its Summer of Mars festival and by unveiling ...
The Kennedy Space Center kicked off its Summer of Mars festival and by unveiling the new Mars Rover concept.
A radical departure from a Lunar Rover, the Mars Rover was built by Parker Brothers Concepts with input from the NASA engineers.
The resulting vehicle is the 6,000 pound (2,721 kg) behemoth which carries four passengers and is 11 feet tall.
The concept was designed to handle the extreme terrain of Mars, it has been equipped with the rugged suspension and 50-inch wheels that are specifically designed to let a fine sands of Mars slip through.
This concept also has solar panels and NASA says it has been designed as the dual-purpose vehicle so it can be used as the scout or as the full research laboratory.
NASA was coy on the technical details but the concept has the 700-volt battery. It enables the Mars Rover to hit speeds of up to 70 mph but, on the red planet, it would typically move at speeds between 10-15 mph.
The Mars Rover concept will be on display at a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex through the end of June. It will then embark on the tour of the East Coast with stops planned in Atlanta, New York City, Jersey City, and Washington, D.C.
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