September 17, 2013

ESA Wants To Send A Robotic Snake To Mars

ESA is looking to send a snake to Mars in order to learn more about the Red Planet. Now before you go “what?!” It’s not a real snake, but a snake-like robot that could potentially serve as one of the arms of a Mars rover that would detach, crawl independently and explore inaccessible areas of the planet. A smaller, more versatile snake robot could get into tight spots that bulky rovers could not reach—exploring Mars’ secrets hidden in nooks and crannies. A rover is a powerful energy source and would power the snake-bot, and if the rover gets stuck, the snake could coil around a rock and help pull the rover free—a true symbiotic relationship.

[ Read the Article: Robot Snakes On Mars ]

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