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Low Cost Mars Surface Exploration: The Mars TumbleweedThe "Mars Tumbleweed," a rover concept that would utilize surface winds for mobility, is being examined as a low cost complement to the current Mars exploration efforts. Tumbleweeds carrying microinstruments would be driven across the Martian landscape by wind, searching for areas of scientific interest. These rovers, relatively simple, inexpensive, and deployed in large numbers to maximize coverage of the Martian surface, would provide a broad scouting capability to identify specific sites for exploration by more complex rover and lander missions.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Antol, Jeffrey
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Calhoun, Philip
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Flick, John
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Hajos, Gregory
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Kolacinski, Richard
(Orbital Research, Inc. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Minton, David
(North Carolina State Univ. Raleigh, NC, United States)
Owens, Rachel
(Hampton Christian High School Hampton, VA, United States)
Parker, Jennifer
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. Troy, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 2003
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:212411
Funding Number(s)
WORK_UNIT: WU 274-00-03-36
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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