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SPACE: Nasa Developing Soft Robots for Planetary exploration – And They’re Weird

Think robots are all square corners and rigid metal parts? Think again. Two interns at NASA are part of a larger group working on “soft robots” that could be used for exploring worlds beyond Earth. This includes the moon, NASA’s next major destination for astronauts. The advantage of a soft robot is that it’s flexible and, in some ways, better able to adapt to new environments. Soft robots move in ways similar to living organisms, which expands their range of motion, perhaps making it easier to squeeze into a tight spot, for example. Interns Chuck Sullivan and Jack Fitzpatrick are … Read more