The fact that we as a species landed a mobile chemistry lab on a Mars called the Curiosity Rover was one of the biggest news stories of the decade. In honor of the Curiosity Rover, a Los Angeles-based team called The Desert Wizards of Mars is building an earthbound replica to debut at the Burning Man 2013 festival, with a little help from the Kickstarter community.
The replica Curiosity Rover will be loaded with lots of technical goodies like GPS, a weather station and a remote camera. It'll also have a camp stove for those scientific camping trips. Once Burning Man is over, the replica which comfortably seats eight people will be used to tour schools to be used an educational tool.
The project is 100 percent citizen funded, and has no affiliation with NASA or other government funded science agencies.