As a part of the annual Mars day, the National Air and Space Museum will put the 5,500-pound, 11-foot-tall Mars Rover Vehicle on display. The succeeding Mars Rover Mission is set to land on the red planet in 2020.
Whilst this rover will not be sent to Mars, its characteristic elements will be used in designing the future Martian vehicles. The concept vehicle is on a multistate expedition set up by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Even though the Rover is 28 feet long it can be divided into two parts, the front end working as a scout vehicle and the rear end working as a laboratory. The vehicle works using an electric motor propelled solar panels and battery power. Its wheels are manufactured in such a way that they navigate Mars dunes, rocks and craters.
Another fascinating fact is that Mars’s curiosity rover has found proof of physical and chemical conditions that supported life for roughly 700 million years. The Rover also collected and analyzed mineral samples suggesting there was ample amount of water present on Mars when life was just evolving on planet Earth.
Curiosity Rover came upon Gale crater had both water and appropriate chemicals for life. Curiosity rover observed that Gale crater was full with lakes that rose and fell. Mars’s environment changed considerably over its geologic history as hundreds and millions of rocks were found 650 feet. Studies also show that lava from the volcano and ice from the glaciers could provide ideal situation for life to exist.