Some of the big engineering challenges and safety problems to manned exploration of The Moon and Mars, are that spacesuits have to be pressurized, and this makes it difficult for astronauts to bend knees, elbows and fingers, causing them to get fatigued quickly. Radiation and dust contamination for the crew is a major health risk and spacesuit failure from rips, meteors, and cracks are fatal.
In this concept we have my pressurized vehicle that could transport explorers over long distances and harsh landscapes, like an ant on roller skates, each of the six legs can move independently, with a full range of movement over and around large obstacles and adjusting for inclination as needed. The astronaut would egress from the roof of the crew cabin into the bucket via an airlock in the floor of the bucket. Then like a cherry picker, the astronaut would move the bucket into the spot the astronaut wanted to be in, up high on a cliff or face down on the deck and they will look at samples closeup with their own eyes, then using the robotic arms for collecting the samples. The robotic hands could be changed out with different tools on the fly. Drill, hammer, saw, chisel, ratchet, and so on.
The vehicle, bucket and arms, could be operated remotely from the crew cab, from a geosynchronous orbit, or from choreographed computer command lines.
This vehicle would be powered hydrogen fuel cells that can be recharged infinitely by photovoltaic solar cells.
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