Nissan unveils mobile space observatory in a pick-up truck!

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"The result is the Nissan Navara Dark Sky concept, and in future we intend to make towing a simpler and more confident activity for all our customers". Called the Navara Dark Sky concept, it was built in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and recently made its public debut at the 2018 Hannover Motor Show in Germany. The upgraded Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies allow the telescope to be transported to wild, remote dark-sky locations.

Earlier this week, Nissan teased a Navara pickup concept with trailer in tow.

The Dark Sky Navara's dual-tone paint job represents nebulae across the pitch black night sky.

If you've ever wanted to go on a trail and then gaze into the starry night sky, well Nissan's latest concept pickup is ideal for you.

Getting to these very dark places is hard, though, due to being so far from civilization. The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept supports this project by helping astronomers conduct follow-up observations of the universe from hard-to-reach, so-called "dark sky" locations - away from the nighttime glow of urban areas, which decreases visibility.

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Since red light affects human night vision least, both the vehicle and trailer exclusively use red lighting to avoid visual disruption during observations. ESA says this telescope is powerful enough to get detailed views beyond the rings of Saturn.

"Telescopes like the one in this trailer are needed in studies of planets and stars in our galaxy, facilitating Earth-based follow-up campaigns enabled by the Gaia data".

Once at the required spot, the trailer's mechanical roof can be activated, allowing the PlaneWave telescope to be trained on the sky.

Nissan turned the Navara pickup into a mobile observatory. A standard 187-hp 2.3-liter turbo diesel motor remained. The truck bed includes a dock for a pair of spare battery packs, offering charging when the engine is running.

Nissan is not intending to put the concept into production but it does give you an idea of the versatility of the Navara, and shows some of the potential tuning and personalisation avenues that could be followed.

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