Monday, October 27, 2008

New Lunar Vehicle

NASA revealed a new lunar rover on October 24 that would not require astronauts to wear spacesuits while traveling inside the vehicle. "You are only in a spacesuit when you need to be on the surface picking up rocks," astronaut Mike Gernhardt told Reuters.

The Small Pressurized Rover Concept vehicle was designed for extended exploration of the moon's surface when man returns by 2020. Astronauts can now look forward to joyriding at 6 mph for two weeks at a time, covering distances up to 625 miles.

(photo credit: Reuters)