Monday, April 02, 2007
China Moon Rover for 2012
Interesting item via KurzweilAI.net 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.