NASA has created something truly out of this world, for a completely out of this world mission many years from now.
An incredible new piece of equipment was just unveiled down in Florida by NASA, and it’s a concept that could forever change man’s mission to Mars. The space agency unveiled a Mars rover concept that will serve as an intermediary step toward an actual manned mission to the Red Planet sometime in the next couple of decades.
This rover is just a concept, and will never see the surface of Mars, but scientists could incorporate elements from it onto a new rover that may one day carry astronauts across the Martian surface, according to a recent statement from NASA after the rover’s unveiling at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
The rover is powered by solar panels as well as a 700-volt battery, and it also features radios and a navigation system powered by a Global Positioning System. It was designed by NASA subject matter experts.
“It looks like something out of this world, but that’s exactly where it would work,” NASA said in a statement. “A futuristic Mars rover concept vehicle was recently unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with a goal of inspiration and education as NASA continues developing plans for its journey to the Red Planet.
“The visitor complex kicked off its “Summer of Mars” promotion with a June 5 ceremony which included former astronaut Scott Kelly. During his appearance, Kelly shared some of his experiences during a one-year stay aboard the International Space Station from March 27, 2015 to Feb. 3, 2016.”