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Vehicle development of Lunar/Mars explorationThe author of this paper presents a historical discussion of robotic vehicle development of lunar and Martian exploration. The discussion begins by comparing and contrasting the transportation, environmental, and operational requirements of the two planets. This is followed by a historical summary of what has been done to date, including some recently released information on the Soviet rovers sent to Mars and Phobos in the early 1970s. Finally, current proposed missions, vehicles, operational requirements, and development status are discussed.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Purvis, James W.
(Sandia National Labs. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Johnson Space Center, The Seventh Annual Workshop on Space Operations Applications and Research (SOAR 1993), Volume 1
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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