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A NASA Mars Rover was driving down the streets of NYC this week

Will Gleason

New York’s streets are notoriously hard to navigate, but earlier this week they might well have been the dark side of the moon.

For a special segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took the talk show host out on a joyride through the streets of New York on a NASA Mars rover.

The concept vehicle was built by the Florida-based company Parker Brothers Concepts, and the six-wheeled rover serves as a prototype for an off-roading vehicle that the first humans who land on the red planet might be able to use.

"Before they send it to Mars, they want to see if it can stand up to New York's inhospitable atmosphere of urine-based humidity," Colbert says before hopping into the vehicle and cruising down 53rd Street.

Watch the video of intergalactic midtown adventure below, which even includes a quick detour to a Duane Reade. (Unfortunately, it may be awhile before that local chain makes it to the red planet.)


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