NASA's new Mars rover was unveiled last week, and that vehicle will be used in future missions to the Red Planet, with a scheduled launch date of 2020. But people appear to be more interested in a concept vehicle the space agency also previewed, one that points to the next generation of Mars rovers, and how these vehicles may look in the not-so-distant future.
An exclusive report from CBS News took a look at the futuristic rover concept, a six-wheel vehicle with a "distinctive alien design" that has people wondering what could have inspired it. NASA's Mars rover concept, the report noted, was designed by brothers Shanon and Marc Parker, with dimensions of 11 feet tall, 24 feet long, and 13 feet wide.
According to CBS News, Shanon Parker was in charge of the design, while brother Marc took care of the "dirty work," meaning the actual construction of the concept vehicle.
"There is almost nothing on this vehicle that was not built in our shop," said Marc Parker.
"I mean, down to every little bracket and tab, nothing was ordered out of a catalog. We built the body, the chassis, the suspension, the wheels, the frame, the interior, the seats, the glass -- everything on this vehicle had to be built completely from scratch."