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NASA TESTING K9 ROVER IN NEW 'MARSCAPE' FOR FUTURE MISSIONS

NASA scientists and engineers are testing new technologies using a K9 rover in a newly built "Marscape" test facility in preparation for future missions to Mars. Testing is being conducted at NASA Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley in a 3/4-acre "Marscape" that has been designed to resemble the terrain on Mars. Constructed at a cost of about $74,000, the test facility incorporates the environmental and geological features of Mars that hold the greatest scientific interest. The Marscape features a dry lakebed and outflow channel, a meteorite impact crater, a volcanic zone containing a dry hydrothermal spring and an area that scientists describe as "chaotic terrain." Related News Release

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Photo No. ACD02-0247-001, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center

 
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Photo No. ACD02-0247-002,please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center

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Photo No. ACD02-0247-003, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center

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Photo No. ACD02-0247-004, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center

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Photo No. ACD02-0247-07, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center
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Photo No. ACD02-0247-010, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center
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Photo No. ACD02-0247-014, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center

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Photo No. ACD02-0247-015, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center
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Photo No. ACD02-0247-016, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center
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Photo No. ACD02-0247-018, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center
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Photo No. ACD02-0247-024, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center
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Photo No. ACD02-0247-033, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center
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Photo No. ACD02-0247-035, please credit image to Tom Trower, NASA Ames Research Center

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