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The Lunar Rover Initiative: breaking ground, laying foundations

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Charles, J. ; 10662 Los Vaqueros Circle, Los Alamitos, CA, USA

Carnegie Mellon University and LunaCorp Inc. are conducting the first private lunar mission by sending a pair of teleoperated robotic vehicles to the moon. Once there, these rovers will generate live video for customers on Earth. The Lunar Rover Project will be the general public's first chance to directly participate in space exploration. The sponsors, who will cover the $150-million price tag, include one or more theme parks, a television network, and interactive software vendors. Mission control will be housed in a theme park, where visitors will be able to board lunar “buses” that duplicate the rovers' movements and provide a live, 360-degree panoramic video of the moon's surface. Those scoring highly enough on a computer-simulated lunar-driving skills test will actually drive a rover in front of a theater of visitors

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IEEE Expert  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Dec 1995

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