NASA recently unveiled the new Mars Rover which they designed to function as both a working vehicle and laboratory for the next generation of space explorers.
The full-sized Nasa Mars rover has been in development since late 2016. It was made by Parker Brothers Concepts, a company based in Florida.
The 8.5-metre vehicle features six huge wheels to allow it to travel over craters, dunes, and rocks. It comes with mock navigation, life support, and communication systems. It’s 5,000 pounds (2,250kg) and is made of aluminum and carbon fiber. It was designed to accommodate four astronauts. The rover operates on an electric motor, powered by solar panels and a 700-volt battery.
Also, a radio and navigation provided by the Global Positioning System are mounted in the rover.
NASA says: “We don’t expect this exact rover to operate on Mars, so, one or more of its elements could make its way into a rover astronauts will drive on the Red Planet.”
The space agency’s next robotic rover will touch down in 2020. Therefore searching for signs of past microbial life and collect core samples for a potential future return to Earth.
The four rovers that were sent by NASA on Mars, were all unmanned. Employees designed the new beast rover to carry human beings on the surface of the red planet. However, they will conduct some tests and do more exploration.
However, the Mars rover concept is not going to Mars. It’s actually just one of the brilliant ways that NASA did to get people more interested in what they do. The eye-catching futuristic vehicle is there for the simple reason of catching everyone’s attention.
Parker brothers worked about five months to construct the vehicle from late November 2016 through to early April 2017
Rebecca Shireman, assistant manager of public relations for the Kennedy visitor complex says: “We hope this will encourage young people to want to learn more about being a part of the effort to go to Mars.”