New moon rover visits elementary school

May 18, 2009 5:16:12 PM PDT
Students at Robinson Elementary School in Seabrook celebrated Space Day with a visit from the Lunar Electric Rover (LER). NASA's next generation moon rover was led by police escort from Johnson Space Center to the elementary school.Moving under its own power, the LER had a smooth ride compared to what it will be facing on the moon.

According to NASA the small pressurized rover is about the size of a pickup truck (with 12 wheels) and can house two astronauts for up to 14 days. It is designed to require little or no maintenance, be able to travel thousands of miles climbing over rocks and up 40 degree slopes during its ten-year life exploring the harsh surface of the moon.

Students not only got the opportunity to watch the Lunar Rover in action, they also got to look inside the vehicle and ask a few questions. NASA aerospace engineers were on hand to speak to the students about the technology used for the rover and to answer questions about the space program.

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