Monday, April 02, 2007

China Moon Rover for 2012

Interesting item via and AP: China is developing a moon rover for a 2012 landing (I dug up the photo from a Chinese news site). It looks a lot like the NASA Mars rovers - a proven design! And although it has MER-like solar panels, primary power is said to be nuclear (presumably nuclear-thermal, like the power sources used on NASA's outer solar system probes). This would allow the rover to stay toasty warm and even to keep driving during the chilly two-week lunar night.

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