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The robots that make science fiction series like Star Wars feel so believable are typically brought to life through complicated visual effects—usually a combination of live-action puppets and robots on set that are later augmented and made to appear more lifelike through computer graphics in post-production. So as impressively capable as the rolling BB-8 droid appeared in the last three Star Wars films, sending a similar design to the Moon would be problematic as soon as it hit rough terrain that it couldn’t easily roll over.

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