A Short History of Moon & Mars Rovers

By Phill Powell

Even before humans first set foot on the moon, they had managed to put a vehicle there: For nearly 50 years now, mankind has been putting rovers into space for the sole purpose of exploring other planets.

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Rovers were used extensively during the lunar exploration missions. Here Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin uses one to collect geologic samples. (Image: NASA/David Scott)

In fact, as you read this, a couple of rovers are rolling along on the surface of Mars, collecting samples and sending back important scientific data from their travels. China even has a rover on the moon that’s still actively transmitting data and info.

Reach for the Stars
Getting something to another planet is a major feat of robotics and engineering. Rover technology demonstrates mankind’s reach for something better. Check out this overview of the current and future rovers exploring Mars and the moon:

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Rovers have been exploring other planets for almost 50 years.

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