S95-03988 (February 1995) --- Unmanned exploration of the planets may some day be undertaken by tele-operated rover vehicles. A prototype rover will conduct field tests February 13 - 18, 1995, at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. From a control center at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) in northern California scientists will drive a Russian planetary rover inside an active volcano over terrain similar to that on Mars and the Moon. The six-wheeled rover is a descendant of the Russian Lunakhod vehicles that explored the Moon. Integration of the rover chassis with western avionics and development of a manipulator arm was accomplished by McDonnell Douglas. Participants in the field tests include NASA, McDonnell Douglas and The Planetary Society. Tests will also be conducted in conjunction with the JASON Foundation which has pioneered interactive student involvement in scientific field investigations in a marine environment.