posted this 29 August 2017
The Rover's special capabilites were designed to mimic the capabilites ofthe real Mars rover, Curiosity.
These features are designed to work in conjunction with the Unknown rock types. By using the scanner you can reveal whether the rock is igneous or sedimentary.
The Beam option is meant to mimic using a laser to vaporize a small bit of the rock so that a spectrograph can determine its composition.
The Inspect option represents drilling into the rock to collect a deep sample. For the actual rover, there is a limit to how many samples can be collected due to having a limited number of drill bits.
Kodu comes with several built-in worlds that work with these features to create a simulation of some of the science that the rover does on Mars.