Cahner’s Computer Place obtained a functional, remote-controlled model Martian Rover and needed a space for it to live.
We made a crater (a replica of an actual Martian crater) and I constructed a pen for it to sit in. The pen has ¾ Plexi sides so as to prevent curious fingers from grabbing the model while affording an unobstructed view. On the front of the pen is a backlit Martian sunset.
On the other side of a column is the actual control station. Here the visitors can see what the rover sees through its cameras. The rover can be programmed to investigate one of the targets (rocks) in the pen. However, the rover cannot be seen directly from the control station nor can it be operated in real time – just like the actual Rovers.