The Planetary Societys Mars Station Project red rover.



Visitors to the Mars Stations website simply log in to the Mars Station computer and operate the rover!

A control panel interface allows the user to drive the rover, with an image panel

showing the visitor the rovers perspective of its environment.


A logbook records who has visited and the commands that have been issued to the rover. There is also a

message window, through which users can send messages to each other.

If more than one user tries to connect at once, the software allows the visitors to take turns,

giving control of the rover to one visitor at a time while allowing the other visitors to see

through the rovers camera and send messages to each other while they wait to drive.



Mars rover controll panell.


Exploring the unknown environments is exciting! Visitors explore the Mars world

remotely, running the rover around to see whats just beyond the field of view, or whats behind that rock. They may also find out that controlling a rover from hundreds of miles away is not as easy as driving a remote controlled car that you can see. At some Mars Stations, visitors will be offered challenges: discovering certain rocks, retrieving valuable samples, or safely traversing a rock-strewn plain.


Bareket observatory Mars dioram.


A true prespective of:

Olympus mons, vallis marrinaris and tharsis bulge.


Mars Stations are intended to give the public a sense of the challenge and excitement of exploring Mars using robotic rovers. Each Mars Station consists of a small diorama of the Martian surface containing a robotic rover.

The rover can be controlled from a control panel interface on a computer, either locally or over the Internet.

Drivers are unable to see the rover; they can only see what the rover sees through its camera, just as mission scientists experience

Mars through the sensory instruments on the NASA rovers. Kids and adults alike are eager to explore the Mars environment, moving and turning the rover to see whats behind (or over) that rock. Each individual Mars Station is designed to represent a specific location on Mars; Web content tailored to each Station teaches visitors about Martian geography and why each location is unique and scientifically interesting.

Current Mars Stations include: the Pathfinder landing site; two Mars Exploration Rover landing sites (Terra Meridiani and Gusev Crater); the South Pole; Flank of Olympus Mons; and Melas Chasma, Valles Marineris.


If the Mras rover camera shows a dark frame it means that tere is currently a night at the dioram site.


Drive our rover here !