JAXA, Doshisha University, Sony, and TakaraTomy Want to Launch a Moon Rover
Gizmodo shares how the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency teamed up with researchers and toymakers to develop the lunar lander.
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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