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What Makes Mars Rover do its Work?

December 19, 2011
Specs of Mars Rovers
To pack in all of this instrumentation, motorization and power generation, the rovers are pretty big -- perhaps the size of a small riding lawn mower. Here are the stats

    1.5 meters (4.9 feet) high (with the mast up)
    2.3 meters (7.5 feet) wide
    1.6 meters (5.2 feet) long
    174 kilograms (384 pounds)
    Maximum speed: Perhaps 30 meters (about 100 feet) per hour, and 100 meters at most per day
    Panoramic cameras: According to this page: Pancam is a multispectral, stereoscopic, panoramic imaging system consisting of two digital cameras mounted on a mast 1.5 m above the Martian surface. The mast allows Pancam to image the full 360 in azimuth and 90 in elevation. Each Pancam camera utilizes a 1024 x 1024 active imaging area frame transfer CCD detector array. The Pancam optics have ... a field of view of 16 x 16.
    Cost: Approximately $820 million total (for both rovers) $645 million for design/development + $100 million for the Delta launch vehicle and the launch + $75 million for mission operations