An artist’s idea of the unnamed rover for the Mars 2020 mission

In the December of 2012, a mere few months after the Curiosity rover touched down on the Martian floor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduced its subsequent mission to the purple planet: Mars 2020.

Mars 2020 intends to land yet one more rover on Mars, however the mission focuses on investigating the opportunity of previous life on Mars whereas additionally assessing its previous habitability. It’s an analogous mission to the Curiosity rover, with the important thing distinction being the array of scientific devices onboard.

Microsoft’s HoloLens performed a component in designing the yet-to-be-named rover; whereas NASA showcased an artist’s idea of the rover two weeks in the past, the company is but to resolve on a touchdown web site for it however has shortlisted three candidates.

NASA, nonetheless, has additionally been engaged on one thing barely much less sensible – an idea manned automobile designed for Mars, that may by no means go to Mars; debuted on the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex throughout its “Summer of Mars” promotion, the “fierce new Mars rover idea automobile” is a “scientifically-themed outreach device” that “incorporates know-how [which] might be utilized by astronauts to discover Mars.”

As the video above exhibits, the automobile appears to be like like one thing straight out of Hollywood – that’s as a result of it was designed and constructed by Shanon and Marc Parker. The duo designs and creates film props for Hollywood, with their most notable work being the futuristic bikes within the film Tron.

In an interview with CBS, Marc elaborated simply how a lot effort went into constructing this automobile:

“There is nearly nothing on this automobile that was not in-built our store. I imply, down to each little bracket and tab, nothing was ordered out of a catalog. We constructed the physique, the chassis, the suspension, the wheels, the body, the inside, the seats, the glass — every part on this automobile needed to be constructed fully from scratch.”

However, the automobile’s appears to be like will not be (unsurprisingly) solely sensible, as Shanon provides that components of the idea have been “only for design” and made “for it to look cool.”

Inside the idea Mars automobile

The automobile itself is constituted of aluminum and carbon-fiber and is 28 ft lengthy, 14 ft vast, and 11 ft tall. It’s designed to drive like an SUV and is totally electrical, powered by a 700-volt battery that is charged by photo voltaic panels positioned on the automobile’s roof. Inside, it has 4 seats, with a mock lab within the again the place astronauts may conduct experiments. Additionally, the again of the rover can even disconnect within the center, enabling a workforce of astronauts to discover and experiment on the identical time.

NASA notes that whereas this actual idea won’t ever land on the Martian floor, “a number of of its components may make its method right into a rover astronauts will drive on the purple planet.”

It’s additionally value noting that whereas this undertaking might have incurred some prices, NASA says that its development was commissioned by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex “with out using taxpayer .”

The automobile is on show on the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex this month; in July, NASA will take the automobile on tour, placing it on show at a number of areas throughout the east coast. NASA desires to recreate the thrill that surrounded the Curiosity rover’s touchdown again in 2012 for the Mars 2020 mission – the Hollywood-esque idea automobile simply would possibly play a component on this effort.

Source: NASA, Facebook (NASA) through CBS | Images: NASA, CBS

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