Dem rims.

Not only do they look fly as hell, they also have a very direct grounding in real technology. NASA uses this exact design: spiral spokes which absorb shock before it even reaches the axle and a foam core to prevent the wheels getting full of sand.

In all seriousness though, I need a Mars rover with 6 individually steerable driven wheels and a full life support system in my life. Because smog and potholes=modern American city.

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Oh, and Andy Weir is a motherfucking genius. The Martian is a masterpiece. Go read the book and watch the movie.