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NASA's New Lunar Rover in Action 96

holy_calamity writes "New Scientist has video of Nasa's new Chariot lunar rover in action on simulated moon surface in Houston. As the associated story explains, the two-ton "truck" has a top speed of 20km/hour and is currently fitted with a plough, with additional back hoe and drill attachments to come. Sure it's not glamorous — more of a lunar tractor — but sure looks handy for establishing that permanent moon base NASA wants."
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NASA's New Lunar Rover in Action

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  • by bwak ( 1259494 ) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @10:03AM (#22868800)
    Maybe this has been discussed before on another thread, but how the heck do you protect your buildings that are completely exposed to the elements of space? Without an atmosphere to burn up or dismantle most of what comes at it, is there really a plausible way to shield your structures from essentially anything at any speed? Hopefully some of the space guys can shed some light on this for me.
  • by RobertB-DC ( 622190 ) on Wednesday March 26, 2008 @12:19PM (#22870422) Homepage Journal
    From TFA:
    Independent steering on each of its six pairs of wheels... give the vehicle the ability to raise or lower each individual wheel to keep its chassis level on uneven ground.

    I've remotely driven that *exact* sort of vehicle! Well, in simulation [], at least. I just can't believe it took from 1982 to now to go from simulator to prototype.

    And they still didn't get the forward and vertical blasters! Hokey plows and an ancient drill bit are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

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