NASA Reinvents the Wheel for Future Mars Rovers

by Ryan Whitwam

A great deal of time and energy is put into designing the instruments and cameras that go to Mars on rovers, but none of those will do any good if the vehicle is dead in the sand after a few weeks. After all, it’s a few million miles to the nearest mechanic. That’s why NASA engineers are designing a new generation of rover wheels that can cope with the rugged terrain…