Originally posted by ArMaP
If the tires had that metal mesh over a rubber tube, was the rubber tube much smaller than the metal tube?
I ask this because I cannot see anything like a rubber tube on the photos of the rovers, and we can see through the metal tube.
I've never heard of a small inflated rubber tube being on the wheels either and I don't see it mentioned anywhere else.
Originally posted by mikesingh
Strange but true. We'll never know as all blue prints and manuals have been destroyed! Why? Smells of a conspiracy, what?
Firstly a lot of the blueprints exist on microfilm at various places like the Marshall Space Flight Center. Secondly, blueprints alone don't tell you how to put it all together. Most aerospace companies don't hold on to every bit of paper or specialized tooling for every project they work on (you'd run out of space pretty quickly). I doubt Grumman (now merged with Northrop) could make a brand new F-14 from scratch. Does this mean there is some kind of conspiracy regarding that plane too? Or any other plane that hasn't been in production for a while?