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NASA reveals 'Batmobile' concept Mars rover

By T.K. Randall
June 9, 2017 · Comment icon 5 comments

Is this the future of manned Mars exploration ? Image Credit: NASA / Kim Shiflett
The futuristic vehicle, which is designed to operate on Mars, was unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center.
Looking more like something Batman might drive than a real-life Mars buggy, the futuristic concept vehicle, which was shown at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex earlier this week, offers a glimpse at what the astronauts of the future might one day use to explore the Red Planet.

Revealed as part of the center's "Summer of Mars" promotion, the rover, which was built based on the input of a panel of NASA experts, runs on an electric motor.
Its 700-volt battery is powered by solar panels and the entire vehicle can split in two with one half capable of scouting out the Martian terrain while the other operates as a laboratory.

While this particular design won't actually be making it to Mars, future Mars rovers will likely borrow many of the ideas on show here for use on the Red Planet.

"We hope this will encourage young people to want to learn more about being a part of the effort to go to Mars," said Kennedy visitor complex assistant manager Rebecca Shireman.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Wickian 6 years ago
So... Anyone remember that Taco Bell Bat Mobile contest back in the 90's?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Torviking 6 years ago
Looks like the new Russian Zil jeep. Parallel development comrade?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Stiff 6 years ago
Those tires look interesting. I wonder if I can get some for our Range Rover. No need to keep a spare then
Comment icon #4 Posted by taniwha 6 years ago
If you could drive all the way to Mars then that would probably be ideal.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Goodf3llow 6 years ago
Spot On, NASA!

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