NASA has debuted a “superelastic tire” which can adapt to alien environments, huh like the one found on Mars. The new wheel is an alternative to the pneumatic tires currently fitted on the Mars Curiosity Rover.
A routine check of the rover’s six aluminum wheels revealed that one had damage to its grousers. The grousers are the zig-zag shaped treads that extend out from each wheel, according to Engadget. Curiosity has been on the red planet for the last five years and is currently examining dunes on the Murray formation and climbing Mount Sharp to assess the regions billion-year old climate. Despite equipment setbacks, it is still sending images along the way. NASA predicts it can still manage 40 percent more life from its wheels.