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The tires don't have to be rubber. The Apollo moon buggies' weren't.
There have been rovers running around on Mars for years.
I think we've got the whole tire / rover thing figured out. Just need someone to dust off the solar panels.
 

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There have been rovers running around on Mars for years.
I think we've got the whole tire / rover thing figured out. Just need someone to dust off the solar panels.
Should they not have some sort of compressors to blow air over panels?
 

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Should they not have some sort of compressors to blow air over panels?
Except there isn't any air on the moon and oxygen is a very valuable commodity.

An astronaut with a brush would work.
Like cleaning off your windshield when it gets dusted with snow.

Whenever an astronaut gets done riding around, one of his tasks should be to make sure any dust he may have kicked up is cleaned off of solar panels.

This has actually been a problem that has caused Mars rovers to die.
 

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At what point do we get our 💩 together and really go back considering Nasa seems to be in snooze mode and others are taking these kinds of thing up as far as I can tell? ;)
In general people tend to think going back to the moon is a (relatively) simple thing. We visited 6 times! Half a century ago.

But the fact is, we're having difficulty getting astronauts to low earth orbit now, such as to the space station. That's around 200 miles away. The moon is 200 THOUSAND miles away. And while NASA has a full plate now just sending drones to distant celestial locations, that's just so hugely simpler than providing a space vehicle that can support fragile human lives in space for extended periods. Right now, we're applauding Space-X (and others) for getting people (just barely) to the very edge of "space" for a couple of minutes.

Don't get me wrong, we certainly CAN go back to the moon, but the monstrously huge investment in resources (which Apollo was too) that it would take would be highly unlikely. In the sixties we were all gung ho about the space race, beating the Russkies to the moon, after they embarrassed us by being first at quite a few space "firsts". But going to the moon again isn't the same. NASA already won that race. Going again just doesn't bring home any big prize. Even the Apollo program got cancelled after the 7 moon missions. It was deemed "not worth it" to keep sending up a couple of guys to play golf.
 

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Except there isn't any air on the moon and oxygen is a very valuable commodity.

An astronaut with a brush would work.
Like cleaning off your windshield when it gets dusted with snow.

Whenever an astronaut gets done riding around, one of his tasks should be to make sure any dust he may have kicked up is cleaned off of solar panels.

This has actually been a problem that has caused Mars rovers to die.
Sounds like NASA needs to contact an automaker to help them develop a windshield wiper.
 

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There is some sort of artmosphere on Mars, no? How is that copter thingi able to fly?
 
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