An electric motor powers the rover and draws its juice from a 700-volt battery and solar panels. Up front the rover is GPS equipped and separates from the rear for agile scouting. The rear segment of the vehicle is a research station for fieldwork.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is exhibiting the “Summer of Mars,” an overview of NASA’s Mars research program. NASA plans to land its next rover on the Red Planet in 2020 to look for evidence of microbial life and core samples for potential recovery.
In the meantime, the new Mars rover will tour the East Coast from July through August following its stint at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex through the rest of June. When it returns to the visitor center, it will be part of the Astronaut Training Experience attraction.