Testing a Martian Dune Buggy in Mojave

Article written: 7 Jul , 2012
Updated: 6 Jan , 2016

Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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4 Responses

  1. I’m curious. Does this Curiosity update satiate my curiosity?

  2. I’ve never yet seen a UT article with absolutely no text… Thanks for the post, but what’s up?

  3. the tire tread looks far from adequate, it looks like its begging to get stuck, im not expert but i have quite a few years as a kid racing remote control monster trucks and, considering the cost and effort they are making to get this thing from not smashing into smitherines after entry. im suprised at what im looking at. i know the gravity is approximatly 1/3 earths the speed could surely be increased and ability to get unstuck improved had they put better wheels on that thing. . . . .

  4. Slugsie says

    The depth of tread seems ridiculously small. I would have expected something much more aggressive, especially as they are expecting to run on sand all the time. Any RCer will tell you that you want sand paddles. However, I would also expect that NASA and the MSL guys will have tested all types of tyres, and chosen then best overall compromise.

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