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Soon, snake shaped robots to spill Mars` secrets

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 12:03

Washington: Researchers have apparently taken inspiration from legless slithering reptiles- snakes- to design a brand new Mars exploration robot.

Aksel Transeth, a senior scientist from Norway`s SINTEF Research Institute, along with his colleagues, is carrying out a feasibility study for the European Space Agency, to see how a snake robot would fare on the red planet, ABC News reported.

Transeth told the publication that the study is more like a written report than a series of experiments, however, the ideas on paper could make their way into a prototype within a few months.

Howie Choset, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, said that there are many places that current rovers can`t reach, but the snake robot could travel to cliffs and look underneath overhangs.

Choset asserted that the new model could find a crevasse, crawl down it and extract a sample, which itself could tell us how Mars evolved as a planet.


First Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 12:03
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