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Move Over, Rover — Here Comes the Space Hedgehog

Stanford University researchers are working with NASA to design a spiked space apparatus capable of maneuvering efficiently across asteroid and moon surfaces on which low gravity and rough terrain would bog down a regular rover.

Scientists nicknamed the robots “hedgehogs” due to their round, spiky appearance. Those working on the project hope to eventually land the ‘hogs on Phobos, a Martian moon.

Read more about space hedgehogs at CNET. Link 

(Image credit: Stanford University Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics)

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January 3rd, 2013

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