Artist's concept of a martian rover.

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Image ID: C0DT3K
Artist's concept of a martian rover. The rover featured in this image, as seen from the rear, includes wing-like solar voltaic panels suspended above the chassis to supplement its electrical needs. Also on top is a high-gain antenna for direct communication with the Earth and various other sensors that include a long-range optical stereo telescope and meteorological instruments for monitoring the exotic climate. A pressurized martian rover (AKA martian motor home) would permit human explorers to traverse long distances across the hostile martian surface from within the relative safety and comfort of a climate-controlled environment.