A Robot Snake Will Explore Distant Moons #SpaceSaturday
Robots aren’t just for doing parkour in warehouses anymore. NASA is working on a robotic snake that may explore the frozen caves of distant moons. Here’s more form Astronomy Now:
…how about a multi-segment snake-like robot capable of slithering its way into otherwise inaccessible sites bringing cameras and other instruments to bear, capturing contextual data far beyond the reach of a large rover?
That’s the idea behind NASA’s Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor, or EELS, a self-propelled autonomous robot “inspired by a desire to look for signs of life in the ocean hiding below the icy crust of … Enceladus by descending narrow vents that spew geysers into space,” NASA says in a description.
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