New Mars Rover Revealed by NASA Looks Great but Won’t Get to Mars
A full-size prototype of a proposed Mars Rover looks sci-fi fantastic and nothing like any of NASA's four Mars Rovers currently on the surface of the Red Planet.
This prototype -- named the "Mars Rover Concept Vehicle" -- is a futuristic-looking, sleek and mean concept machine one might mistake for a U.S. Army infantry fighting vehicle such as the M1126 Stryker.
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It looks way better than the NASA Curiosity Mars Rover that reminds one of Wall-E, the trash collecting robot from the 2008 movie of the same name.
As for aesthetics, the NASA Curiosity Mars Rover looks like a Ford Model T from the 1910s while this new prototype can be compared to the elegant 2017 Jaguar F Type Sports Car, considered by many as the best looking car in the world.
This prototype wasn't designed and developed by NASA, however.
This flight of fancy is the work of a team from Parker Brothers, the custom car builders, who apparently wanted to prove they could design a cool-looking Mars vehicle. Powered by an electric drive train, this prototype can travel at a speed of 15 miles per hour on Mars.
This concept rover, which is some nine meters long, was recently rolled-out at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Considering its huge dimensions, there is no way a vehicle of this size and weight will ever fit into a payload module on the future heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket bound for Mars.
By war of comparison, the NASA Curiosity Mars Rover is 2.9 meters long; 2.7 meters wide and 2.2 meters tall.