There's a smaller version of the Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover that kids can 3D print, assemble and program thanks to the six-wheeled ExoMy rover designed by ESA’s Planetary Robotics Laboratory. Anyone with access to a 3D printer can create their own mini version of the Mars rover and bring it to life using source code and instructions on GitHub.
In order to make sure that creating the rover would be as accessible as possible, the team says "We focused on making the design as affordable and accessible as possible. It uses a Raspberry Pi computer and off-the-shelf electronic parts available online and at any hobby shop."
The friendly rover can be dressed up with different hats and facial expressions, sharing an encouraging way for kids to learn about the ExoMars rover, set to launch in 2022.
Image Credit: ESA