Sunday, May 15, 2005
Mark Adler of JPL talks about the rover rolling next to him. Notice the rover's right-middle wheel climbing over a rock. The rover's wheels exert as much torque as a Hummer H5. Governor Schwarzenneger would be proud! The pictured rover was able to move at its maximum speed of 2 inches per second on the flat surface of the patio. On Mars, the rover is not always able to move at that speed due to the terrain. Movement on Mars often entails the rover moving one revolution of its wheels, stopping to take a navigation photograph, moving another revolution, and so on.
Labels: JPL Open House 2005