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A citizen funded homage to the Curiosity, this will be one of the most technologically advanced art cars for party and educational fun. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 17, 2013.

A citizen funded homage to the Curiosity, this will be one of the most technologically advanced art cars for party and educational fun.

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This is a participative art project with an educational component. We are building a MARS ROVER ART CAR that will be deployed at Burning Man 2013 and later to educate grade school children to promote Science and Permaculture Recycling/reutilization!

More than an Art Car, the MRAC will also be used for school education for space sciences and permaculture
More than an Art Car, the MRAC will also be used for school education for space sciences and permaculture

The Mars Rover Art Car is a labor of a love for science, art, playfulness, education, and above all the ability to DARE MIGHTY THINGS.

Based out of the Los Angeles area and built by a radically inclusive team, this is an endeavor unlike any art car thus far. Our crew consists of a group of talented craftspeople, artists, JPLiens, NASA brainiacs, and an ever growing supportive task force... and we call ourselves "The Desert Wizards of Mars."

This is a Kickstarter, private, and volunteer forged art car that would be an artistic "half steampunk" version of the Mars Curiosity Rover except built to hold 8 human passengers. The car will be one of the most technologically advanced cars as it will have functional remote sensors such as a weather station, GPS tracking, remote camera, soil/moop samples, permaculture cooking instruments, streaming interaction with Burners that couldn't attend, and crowd sourced navigation system, all based via the Internet.

Rosie the Rovernaut represents the very high percentage of badass women that are building the Mars Rover Art Car!
Rosie the Rovernaut represents the very high percentage of badass women that are building the Mars Rover Art Car!

On August 5, 2012, the employees at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory pulled off the most amazing technological feet in space exploration by safely landing a 1 ton rover on Mars. To pay tribute to their achievement, we want to build something special and educational for events like School Visits, Science Fairs, and Burning Man.

When the real astronauts do go to Mars, they too will need to recycle and conserve their supplies.  The Mars Rover Art Car will feature a custom built "Rocket Stove" by permaculture artist Ray Cirino.  The wood fired high tech stove will be used to cook grilled cheese sandwiches for native playaites and demonstrate the need to recycle and conserve to school children in our post playa school assemblies for permaculture education.  We also are going to include science experiments of actual playa dust sample return for the students.

Like the real rovers, a project of this magnitude requires many different people with many different skills.

Desert Wizards of Mars at BEquinox 2013
Desert Wizards of Mars at BEquinox 2013

Construction has started with funds and materials on hand, but we need your help...  Please check the updates section as we post progress photos.

Early internal frame work of the Mars Rover Art Car under construction
Early internal frame work of the Mars Rover Art Car under construction

Check us out on https://www.facebook.com/MarsRoverArtCar

(DISCLAIMER)
This is an art project that is 100% citizen funded and there is no official relationship with Caltech, JPL or NASA. Any employees of the above organizations participating on the project do so as private citizens of the arts and do so on their own non-work time.

Risks and challenges

This is not the team's first rodeo... check out our Update #1 on the Human Spirit our members built. Also one of our lead members was also the lead builder on two other art cars, so we have the capability to do this.

While our budget is no where near the scale of the Mars Rover Curiosity Project, we still rely on the support of Burners and Non-Burners alike for mission success. This Kickoff Campaign is meant to help us jumpstart the progress we've made thus far on the small private funds we've utilized. Our $8,000 minimum would be accepted with love and appreciation, but the more funding we receive, the more awesome we can incorporate. Think additional scientific instruments, more infrastructure, and a longer life off playa. The initial $8000 will give us the ability to buy basic materials such as metal, hardware, specialized wheels, and all other generals to finish our basic shell, as well as provide funding for logistics. Future plans are in place for other fundraiser events and a future Kickstarter campaign after success of this Kickoff.

We thank anyone that donates anything at all, or those of you that just think this is a damn cool project. We do to, and we thrive off any type of support we get!
A lot of love, sweat, a little blood, but thankfully only tears of joy have gone into our project, and we won't quit 'till we're rocking out with our brethren on the Playa.

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    42 backers

    We call this the "Martian Love Level." Yes, we're building this for the community, and the community can buy Martian love. At this level you'll receive an item of Rover Swag, be it a bumper sticker to proudly proclaim your Rover support, or button pin to rock on the playa or at home in your room. Plus your name will be carried on our car during our roving Playa journeys, just like the real names are on the real Mars Rovers on Mars.

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    51 backers

    Be hailed AND carried across the Playa! Help jumpstart our build at this level and we'll send you two pieces of Rover swag, one for you, and one you could use as that birthday gift you forgot to send to that special someone... We'll also send you a Rover Postcard sent from the BRC Post Office... Plus your name will be carried on our car during our roving Playa journeys.

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    34 backers

    Want more bragging rights? Donate $50 and we'll brag about you. With your own Mars Rover // Desert Wizards of Mars patch we will make you known when we see you on Playa. In fact, we will point your patch out to the masses and scream your name in glory. Plus your name will be carried on our car during our roving Playa journeys.

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    22 backers

    Now you're talking! And we want to talk to you as our new Blue Shirt Team Member. Receive an official Mission Control Blue shirt with our team insignia... and we'll Skype you in on one of our builds. Plus your name will be carried on our car during our roving Playa journeys. At this point, we know you must love us for our look AND our personality, so we wan't to get our banter on with you and see what you have to say about the car.

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    1 backer

    You must be part Martian. Send much life support to the build, and we want to send you something back from our rovings across the Playa. Get a specially packed Mars Rover Instrument Sample sent to you from our Playa journey AND a damn nice Hoodie featuring our team insignia. Plus your name will be carried on our car AND you'll receive a Certificate of Support to hang on your wall... or tent

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    WE COME TO YOUR SCHOOL! Now you're lighting the fire under our butts... and in return we will bring the Rover to your school and educate them with Rovernaut(s) talking about the Mars Rover and Permaculture. We will transport the MRAC to a school within 60 miles from Downtown LA and also at this level you'll receive a customized Rover blanket from super-mega-über-elite stash. Plus your name will be carried on our car AND you'll receive a Certificate of Support to hang on your wall... or tent... or classroom.

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    1 backer

    If we can give you one giant martian group hug, we will. If we can't, at least you most definitely get wrapped up in our customized Rover blanket from our super-mega-über-elite stash. You'll also receive an official Certificate of Support PLUS a limited edition "Making of the Rover" DVD. And best of all... you'll be forever IMMORTALIZED on the Plaque of Majesty that will be mounted on our car for all to see.

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    You will be assimilated into our team of Rovernauts with one of our most prized possessions :: the Sacred Orange Flightsuit. We bestow this upon you with love and hugs, each and every space patch, team insignia, and customization put on with chants of your badassery. You'll also receive an official Certificate of Support PLUS a limited edition "Making of the Rover" DVD. And best of all... you'll be forever IMMORTALIZED on the Plaque of Majesty that will be mounted on our car for all to see.

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    0 backers

    Will you keep us?! Not only will you have our undying devotion, we'll make you one of us with one of our Sacred Orange Flightsuits. A special Rover flag will be flown in your honor across the Playa, then mailed to you, covered in playa dust and glory. You'll also receive an official Certificate of Support PLUS a limited edition "Making of the Rover" DVD. And best of all... you'll be forever IMMORTALIZED on the Plaque of Majesty that will be mounted on our car for all to see. WE LOVE YOU.

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Funding period

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