Rover (space exploration)
A rover is a vehicle that travels on the ground of a planet, moon, or other astronomical object. Some rovers carry people that drive them. Most are robots that can drive themselves for short distances, but humans on Earth give them directions each day about where to go and what to do.  They are electric vehicles, either using solar power or nuclear power.
Examples[change | change source]
Mars[change | change source]
- Sojourner rover - The first Mars rover, this was a test vehicle to see if a solar vehicle would work on Mars. It landed on July 4th, 1997 and lasted nearly three months.
- Spirit rover (MER-A) - Spirit and Opportunity were launched as a pair. Spirit landed January 4, 2004 and lasted a little over six years.
- Opportunity rover (MER-B) - Landed January 25, 2004 and lasted a little over fifteen years.
- Curiosity rover - A nuclear-powered rover, landed August, 2012 and is still going.
Moon[change | change source]
- Lunokhod Sent by the Soviet Union, Lunokhod 1 was the first remote-controlled vehicle sent off the Earth.
- Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle, also called a moon buggy, sent by NASA during the Apollo program, it was driven by astronauts.