year is 2050. You have been selected to design the new space
vehicle which will be used by astronauts to explore the
surface of a planet. You dig out the pictures of the lunar
rover. You remember that it was used during the Apollo missions
to explore the Moon. The rover was transported inside the
lunar modules during the last 3 Apollo missions. It carried
two astronauts. It was designed to climb steep slopes, to
go over rocks, and to move easily over the Moon's regolith
(Moon soil).The lunar rover had to be designed to be light
enough to carry into space and sturdy enough to carry astronauts,
equipment and samples of soil/rocks over the rough surface.
It took a lot of thought to design this vehicle.
First, decide what planet you will design the vehicle to
Study the lunar rover. Think about the things its designers
had to consider about the Moon and the factors involved
in transporting the rover inside the Lunar Module (also
called the LM). Among the things the rover's designers had
to consider were the rocky surface of the Moon, getting
the lunar rover to the Moon and providing it with power
to keep it running while on the Moon.
Use information about the planet you select to help you
create your design. Future space travelers may use the Moon
as a base of operations, so you might want to design an
improved lunar vehicle for lunar visitors.
Draw and label a diagram of your vehicle or construct
What special features did you decide to build into
your design? Describe them.
Do you know how the LM was carried to the Moon? Tell
how the vehicle will be transported.
How will it be powered once it is on the planet's
The lunar rovers were abandoned on the Moon and not
reused. What will happen with your vehicle?
to help :
Rover Includes basic
information and specifications. A diagram of the descent
stage of the lunar module indicates where the rover
was stored during the trip to the Moon.
of the LM shows a drawing of how the astronauts were
positioned to fly the LM and gives some reasons for
the design of the vehicle.
Planets This site will help you find information
about the planet you select.
Other sites that might be helpful: