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7315 Solar Explorer is a Life on Mars set released in 2001. It is the largest Astronauts vehicle. It also acts as the Astronauts' base. The vehicle houses a small Mars rover and machinery. The Explorer also appears in the video game LEGO Racers 2 as the vehicle in which the player goes to Mars. The player takes and pilots the Explorer to Mars but, before landing, the Explorer hits an asteroid and crashes on Mars. On Mars Doc repairs the shuttle and asks the player to collect some fuel for the ship, in the form of energy crystals, as a bonus game. It appears docked in Sandy Bay and crashed on Mars.
This set is composed of modular sections connected by TECHNIC pins. These sections can be separated into a smaller shuttle, a shelter, a lander, and a rover. The modular system also allows combinations with other sets in the theme.
- Various instructions for the theme depict combinations of this set with 7312 T3-Trike, 7313 Red Planet Protector, 7314 Recon Mech RP, and 7316 Excavation Searcher.
- The solar explorer can be seen in LEGO Racers 2.
- In LEGO Racers 2 you arrive on Mars by the Solar Explorer but its hit by the meteor and crashes to the Mars surface.