SPR- next-generation lunar rover Image: NASA
The self-contained module of the rover allows crew to discard their spacesuits while inside. Image: NASA
Key charateristics - click to enlarge Image: NASA
NASA’s 12-wheeled Small Pressurized Rover raced (by lunar rover standards) across the moon-like Arizona outback at 6mph this week as part of the 11th annual Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS). While the buggies on the Apollo missions only provided a 6 mile range, the presence of two or more SPRs on a lunar landing will provide a range of over 150 miles.
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