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The lunar environment is actually quite a bit more harsh than Mars. Between dust, long day/night cycles, more extreme temperature cycles, and other things, it really isn't trivial to build for the Moon. In addition, there are a large number of price points for different missions. VIPER is at the lower point, while Curiosity is at the higher point. By using ...


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From a driving dynamics point of view, there aren't any immediate concerns that lead me to think it won't work at all. However, that said, nobody has much experience driving vehicles at any fast speeds on the Moon or Mars. The Curiosity rover travels at a maximum of 1.5 meters per minute and the Lunar Roving Vehicle hit top speeds of 13 kilometers per hour. ...


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I recognize that this is a highly unlikely situation, but a couple things to consider: Tesla vehicles have a sophisticated thermal control system for the battery. Now, battery recharge cycles/lifetime may not be as big a concern on Mars as they are for Terran consumers, but given Martian temperatures, a lot of the battery charge might be expended just ...


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I'll post this interim answer for now. Hopefully a primary source can be found and at that time someone can post a thorough answer. The following paragraph in Space.com's NASA Will Launch a Lunar VIPER to Hunt Moon Water in 2022 seems to summarize how VIPER will operate. However I am not certain that this is correct. This 2006 Lunar Polar Volatiles Explorer ...


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