Rover Research

Vocabulary

  • NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the United State’s space program
  • USSR = formerly the Soviet Union (1922-1991), including Russia and other Eurasian countries
  • Flyby = when a space probe or spacecraft flies by a planetary object (planet, moon, asteroid, etc) close enough to record scientific data
  • Orbiter = a space probe that orbits around a planetary object
  • Lander = a spacecraft that safely lands on the surface, perhaps depositing a rover as well
  • Rover = a self-propelled “robot geologist” that explores the surface of Mars while collecting and transmitting data
  • Phobos & Deimos= the small moons of Mars, named after the Greek twins of terror

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Rover History

Rover Requirements

Rover Models

  • In a week, we’ll be creating a very simple model of a rover. Since we have limited time, we’ll be keeping the design and motion very basic.
  • Check out the images below to start thinking of different types of car models.

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Additional Resources