Rover V2.0  

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Rover V2.0
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by the end of the next decade, NASA will be back on the Moon and heading to Mars. This time missions will last six months or longer, exploring thousands of square miles.

This is NASA's Electric Rover prototype. Unlike its predecessor, it is small pressurized vehicle, about the size of a pickup truck and can house two astronauts for up to 14 days with sleeping and sanitary facilities. It is designed to require little or no maintenance, be able to travel thousands of miles climbing over rocks and up 40 degree slopes during its ten-year operating life span.

The Ares/Constellation program is well under way with the first unmanned test flights scheduled to start this year.

Image Credit: NASA.


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02/01/09 10:16 AM GMT
What have we been waiting for?? When will we put men on Mars??
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02/01/09 10:18 AM GMT
The Constellation program is going to Mars but the equipment including semi-permanent bases will be tested on the Moon first. The largest of the Constellation rockets, Ares V is designed to propel upto 70 tonnes of equipment at a time into a martian orbit or even more into a lunar orbit. The flights this year are of the crew rocket, the Ares 1 as this will also be used to send crew to the ISS when the Shuttle retires next year.
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A smart bomb is only as clever as the idiot that tells it what to do
02/01/09 11:41 AM GMT
For those who watched it, the new rover also appeared in President Obama's inauguration parade, echoing the appearance of the Apollo mission hardware in the parade for Richard Nixon's first inauguration in 1969.
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A smart bomb is only as clever as the idiot that tells it what to do
02/01/09 5:42 PM GMT
great capture and an interesting narrative:)
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02/01/09 6:20 PM GMT
I want one!
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Come, my friends, 'tis not too late to seek a new world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset, and the baths of all western stars, until I die. Tennyson, "Ulysses"
02/02/09 6:00 AM GMT
How fascinating Phil. So this vehicle is rather like a tractor where the driver(s) sleep in an area behind the steering wheel?

Do you know where their air supply comes from? I am amazed by the details that are in this machine. Very intriguing and yes, I did see the rover in the Inaugural parade.

Thanks for the work you did on this piece in order to bring us this fascinating piece of machinery and allow us to see it 'up close and personal'.

To the Space folder it goes. :-)
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02/03/09 4:05 PM GMT
Paint it camo, it could be a good place to live in and take photos from. Move into the forest overlooking hills and valleys. Oh the piece and quite.
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02/17/09 7:05 PM GMT
That's what I was thinking, Eric. What a great photo safari buggy. Did they mention anything about the sound system? ;o) Thanks for another goodie, Phil!

- Mike
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Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. A kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you?

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