Soon, slithering snake shaped robots to spill Mars' secrets

Washington, Sept. 17 : 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.

--ANI (Posted on 17-09-2013)

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