Snakes on a Planet

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    ESA is looking to develop a snake-like robot to work in conjunction with a Mars rover in exploring the less accessible areas of the Red Planet.

    ESA’s 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 exploreinaccessible 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 andwould power the snake-bot and if the rover gets stuck, the snake could coilaround a rock and help pull the rover free—a true symbiotic relationship.