Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and late-night television host Stephen Colbert took one of NASA’s Mars rovers out for a joyride in the streets of Manhattan last week, and you can watch their out-of-this-world adventure in this video clip.
By Hanneke Weitering | SPACE.com
NASA’s Mars rover concept vehicle, which looks like a beefed-up version of the Batmobile, made a special appearance on an episode of the CBS series „The Late Show with Stephen Colbert“ that aired on Friday (Sept. 22). [We Explored NASA’s Concept Mars Rover, and It Was Out of This World]
Designed and built by the Florida-based company Parker Brothers Concepts, the six-wheeled, tank-like rover was made as a prototype off-roading vehicle for the first humans on the Red Planet. „Before they send it to Mars, they want to see if it can stand up to New York’s inhospitable atmosphere of urine-based humidity,“ Colbert said before hopping in with his buddy Neil.
The duo cruised down 53rd Street at a „lugubrious“ speed of about 3 mph (5 km/h), getting honked at only a handful of times as they took the wrong way onto 8th Avenue before turning the cumbersome vehicle around.