03/8/14

“Cosmos” Premiere Brings Together Science Guys

On March 4, three members of the MRAC crew — Charles White, Rachel Willman, and Justin Wardell — attended the premiere screening of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” in Los Angeles.

“I saw the Mars Rover Art Car that went to Burning Man, and thought that was cool,” said Dr. Tyson.

Neil Degrasse Tyson and Charles White discuss the Mars Rover Art Car, Cosmos, and Carl Sagan.

Neil Degrasse Tyson and Charles White discuss the Mars Rover Art Car, Cosmos, and Carl Sagan.

03/8/14

Burning Man 2013 Cargo Cult

Part One: The Desert Wizards of Mars bring the Mars Rover Art Car to Burning Man 2013.

Yes, we made it to Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult!

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our crew, and the generous support from our fans, we launched to Burning Man as planned. This video, compiled and edited by Admiral Jet Burns, chronicles the first part of the journey to the playa.

08/5/13

Ready to Roll!

Meet Dustiny! The distant cousin of Curiosity.

Meet Dustiny! The distant cousin of Curiosity.

The Mars Rover Art Car is done! 
No more scheduled builds, but there will be a few “hero builds” where a subject matter expert is putting finishing touches on the car.

The final build weekend:

Here's Matt hooking up the wifi system!

Here’s Matt hooking up the wifi system!

The non-robotic arm is installed. And the wheels!

The non-robotic arm is installed. And the wheels!

 

Pulling an all-nighter to get the MRAC done

 

07/16/13
Mars Rover Updates

Updates from the MRAC shop!

Over the past several months of the summer, there has been some very hard work done on the Mars Rover Art Car.

Here are a few examples:

Road Test:

On the road again…The Mars Rover Art Car (under heavy construction) is out on a road test. We be a rov’n rov’n rov’n!!!

Mars Rover Being Driven

Mars Rover Being Driven

 

Say ‘Cheese’ little rover…

Say "Cheese" little rover!

Say “Cheese” little rover!

 

(Your exclusive sneak peek during the construction of MRAC). Note: This is still under heavy construction and since this photo much has been done.
Including the installation of the LED Television on the front of the car that will play landing videos.


A small strike team of Rovernauts went on an away team mission to the Rental Car Rally from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon and survived.

Rovernaut Update

Rovernaut Update

 

 

 

07/2/13
dj table at opulent temple white party

Update: MRAC July 2nd 2013

It’s been simply amazing what has transpired this summer. The burn is less then 2 months away now and events are happening. The most recent being the Mars Rover Art Car (MRAC) used as the DJ table / stage for a White party at the Opulent Temple and Steampunk Saloon’s ‘Sacred Dance’.

Mars Rover Art Car as a DJ Table

Mars Rover Art Car as a DJ Table

The blue lights are “silent disco” where the DJ broadcasts the music through the air to the special headsets. The white cones are not ours, but they were setup by the hosts and really gave us that awesome Dancetronaut vibe to which we got a lot of great comments.

Mars Rover Art Car as a DJ Table

Mars Rover Art Car as a DJ Table

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Mars Rover White Party Opulent Temple Fundraiser


01/27/13
Mars Rover Art Car Design

PayPal Donation Station…

Mars Rover Art Car from Justin Gunn on Vimeo.

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[Click on picture] We are presently working on our Kickstarter funding site to make this happen. We are also applying for some possible grant money for our instruments… BUT… we need some cash now to continue the build. If you are as excited as we are (and that little girl) then please donate through the safe method of PayPal.




THANK YOU! Each person donating will be kept on record for some swag rewards and kickback when our Kickstarter page goes online.