NASA Finally has Tires Suitable for the Moon, Mars, and Beyond! Gallery

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  • NASA Finally has Tires Suitable for the Moon, Mars, and Beyond!
    Airless Tires on Earth
    Recently, engineers and materials scientists have been testing a spinoff spring tire version that would work on cars and trucks on Earth. After attaching the tire to a vehicle, NASA scientists drove it on gravel and rocky surfaces. For more information see www.nasa.gov/specials/wheels/ (no audio)
  • NASA Finally has Tires Suitable for the Moon, Mars, and Beyond!
    Shape Memory Alloy Tire Life Test
    After building the shape memory alloy tire, Glenn engineers sent it to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for testing. It performed impressively on the punishing track. For more information visit www.nasa.gov/specials/wheels/ (no audio)
  • NASA Finally has Tires Suitable for the Moon, Mars, and Beyond!
    From the Moon to Mars
    While NASA was developing rovers to send to Mars, there was also interest in taking a new look at returning to the moon. NASA Glenn engineers rebuilt Apollo era tires and developed new designs using newer materials and technology to better function on a lunar surface. For more information visit www.nasa.gov/specials/wheels/ (no audio)
  • NASA Finally has Tires Suitable for the Moon, Mars, and Beyond!