Sunday 6 September 2009


After NASA did its first moon missions, it deployed the rover, a mobility platform that enabled the astronauts to roam within a 20k radius of their base camp. This allowed the team a wider footprint examination of the lunar environ.

Its clear that NASA intends to return to the moon sometime in the future, but they appear to be gearing up for much wider exploration. Enter the dragon, no I mean ATHELETE, or All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra-Terrestrial Explorer, and according to NewScientist, is a gargantuan robotic vehicle.

Needless to say the robot doesn't appear so large in the video, but it has to transport around on the luna surface, a payload of something in excess of 16 tons. That amounts to the astronauts living quarters and all their survival needs et al,  possibly for as long as 10 days !
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