One giant joyride for humankind: The new breed of lunar rovers
Many companies are coming up with designs for lunar rovers for a future crewed mission to the Moon. Take a look at some of the best ones in our gallery.
With many countries aiming to send a crewed mission back to the Moon after 50 years away, there’s a pressing need for research vehicles to travel the lunar surface. This is especially important if we are aiming to have a sustainable presence on the Moon in order to harness lunar resources, or to use it as a springboard for more ambitious space exploration.
In response to this demand, many companies are producing designs for lunar rovers for potential future launches, including NASA's Artemis program, as well as many other commercial launches.
A lunar rover must have the ability to travel across the Moon’s rocky and dusty surface while avoiding huge boulders and undulating terrain. It also needs to be energy efficient, as energy sources for operating vehicles in space are limited.
There are many companies vying to get hold of a contract to get their design up on the Moon. Take a look at some of the best ones in our gallery.
Venturi Astrolab - FLEX
NASA - VIPER
Dymon - YAOKI
JAXA & Nissan lunar rover
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James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs