Space exploration has been going on since the 1960’s, but it has not always been smooth sailing. Among the many hurdles and complications scientists and engineers have encountered is the ability to effectively design durable rovers. Many of the rovers have run into trouble when they faced harsh terrain and had parts damaged or made entirely unusable.
A possible solution to this problem is to make the rovers out of materials that can be found on the places they are exploring. Researchers at GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania may have a solution for the colder celestial bodies like Enceladus, the sixth-largest moon of Saturn. This article showcases the cutting-edge new rovers, largely composed of ice. An exploration robot that could self-repair on the field, while the technology still needs some refining it is certainly on the rise.
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