Robot snakes will be sent to Mars by the European Space Agency (ESA). The snake-shaped robot is a joint project between the ESA and SINTEF, a Norwegian institute. According to The Christian Science Monitor on Sept. 18, 2013, the robot snake will be able to collect data that the four rovers could not access.
The Curiosity and Opportunity rovers, even while filing back to Earth unprecedented amounts of information about Mars, are limited in what they can do and where they can go.
Robot snakes have no wheels, so they should not get stuck like the rover Spirit did in 2009. A fast-moving snake, with a camera where its nose should be, will have no problem quickly gathering data at the ground level. The robot, made of only ten connected parts, will make s-shaped slithering movements as it covers the Martian landscape.
These robot snakes are not intended to replace the rover, but instead will enhance it greatly. A detachable snake will replace one of the crafts arms. It will have the capability to detach itself and go off on an expedition alone. Are you ready for "Snakes on a spaceship?" Coming soon to a red planet near you.
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