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July 20, 2010 / Martijn

NASA looking to six-legged robot to build human outpost on Mars

NASA is building a six-legged robot that can walk or roll on wheels, and, it hopes, ultimately help set up a habitat on Mars for the later arrivals of astronauts.

The robot, dubbed Athlete, has been in development for the past five years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said Brian Wilcox, Athlete’s principle investigator. The robot is designed to move easily across the various types of terrain on the moon, on Mars or even on an asteroid.

via NASA looking to six-legged robot to build human outpost on Mars – Computerworld.

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