The Mars Rover Art Car is being built by a group of talented people from the Los Angeles area, being supported from people from all over the United States via the Internet collaboration tools. Many of the members come from the Los Angeles League of Arts, several Burning Man camps, and other art cars like Charlie the Unicorn and the Dancetronauts. The name of the core build group is a not so well kept secret of “The Desert Wizards of Mars”.
On August 5, 2012, the employees at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory pulled off the most amazing technological feet in space exploration by safely landing a 1 ton rover on Mars. To pay tribute to their achievement, we want to build something special for events like School Visits, Science Fairs, and Burning Man.
This is a private, and volunteer funded art car that would be an artistic “steampunk” version of the Mars Curiosity Rover except built to hold about 6 human passengers. The car will be one of the most technologically advanced cars as it will have real remote sensors like a weather station, gps tracking, camera, and crowd sourced navigation system, all based via the Internet.
Like the real rovers, a project of this magnitude requires many different people with many different skills. The Desert Wizards of Mars will bring together a community of builders, electricians, mechanics, engineers, artists, fans, and supporters to build the Mars Rover Art Car.
Now for the funky stuff…. This effort is not funded, sponsored, sanctioned or anything official with JPL, NASA at all. We are private citizens that have a right to express our art of Space Exploration. Please see the “About” page for proper disclaimers.