Nasa unveils visionary Mars rover which could be future of transport on Red Planet

Its six wheels are 50 inches (1.3m) tall, 30 inches (75cm) wide, and are designed with air ducts to let the red sands of Mars pass through.

The rover was built as part of an educational programme to inspire the public about space exploration, but Nasa says it is keen to incorporate its design in future rovers.

“While this exact rover is not expected to operate on Mars, one or more of its elements could make its way into a rover astronauts will drive on the Red Planet,” said a Nasa spokesman.

Rebecca Shireman, assistant manager of public relations for Nasa’s Kennedy Visitor Complex added: “It’s an all-encompassing effort to review the history of our efforts to explore Mars and look ahead to what is being planned.”