1940 onwards – Miscellaneous Lunar and Off World Rovers with Manipulators Concepts

Most of the unmanned Lunar and Martian rover concepts were designed to use manipulator arms for sampling rocks and surface material.

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John Schoenherr’s (1935-2010) fabulous Moon Crawler painting pictured above, which he painted in 1961 for the cover of Analog magazine that year. Source: Project SWORD

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Project S.W.O.R.D. (SPACE WORLD ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT) Moon Crawler 1967.

S.W.O.R.D. images sourced from projectsword.

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Moon tractor from the children’s book “A Rocket Trip to the Moon”, Golden Press 1970. Sourced from dreamsofspace.

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Artwork by Ed Valigursky, from the French edition LIFE’s MAN AND SPACE book. Edition date unknown, original English edition 1964.

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A depiction of unmanned moon crawlers originally for the Surveyor program. The crawler on the right-hand side is actually the Sperry luna crawler. Above image from Hobby magazine no.3 1962.

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More Lunar explorer toys.

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“The Road to the Moon is Ready” by Nikolay Kolchitsky. Illustration for the Tekhnika Molodezhi magazine, 1956. Source: here.

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Illustration for the Tekhnika Molodezhi magazine.

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Illustration from Première Croisière Sur La Lune by Fletcher Pratt, 1952.

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From 1971 Japan Space Encyclopedia.

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NASA Lunar Survey Vehicle conceptual illustration, 1988.

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Solar-powered rover with mechanical arms.

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Above: Prediction of life on the moon c1965. Illustration from the book Station “Moon” (Stantsiia “Luna”) (1965) .

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Above: Later prediction of life on the moon c1974

For large images of the above two Russian illustrations, see here.


Off World Rover illustrations

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Illustration by Frank R. Paul, Fantastic Adventure, 1940.

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Martian Rover samplers.

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See othe Lunar Walkers here.

See other early Space Teleoperators here.

See other early Lunar and Space Robots here.


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