posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 04:44 PM
Heres some specs on the Mars 'Spirit' rover which is the largest off all the rovers.
Cruise vehicle dimensions: 2.65 meters (8.7 feet) diameter, 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) tall
Rover dimensions: 1.5 meter (4.9 feet) high by 2.3 meters (7.5 feet) wide by 1.6 meter (5.2 feet) long
Weight: 1,062 kilograms (2,341 pounds) total at launch, consisting of 174-kilogram (384- pound) rover, 365-kilogram (805-pound) lander, 198-kilogram
(436-pound) backshell and parachute, 90-kilogram (198-pound) heat shield and 183-kilogram (403-pound) cruise stage, plus 52 kilograms (115 pounds) of
Power: Solar panel and lithium-ion battery system providing 140 watts on Mars surface
Science instruments: Panoramic cameras, miniature thermal emission spectrometer, Mössbauer spectrometer, alpha particle X-ray spectrometer,
microscopic imager, rock abrasion tool, magnet arrays
(note: propellent based on 105 millon miles (earth-mars).
Cost: Approximately $820 million total.
Consisting approximately of $645 million spacecraft development and science instruments; $100 million launch; $75 million mission operations and