Space Robotics

NASA Adds RATS to Mars Rover

Posted 6 May 2002 at 19:56 UTC by steve Share This

In 2003 NASA will be launching two Mars Exploration Rovers to the red planet. A recent JPL Spolight article focuses on a robotic geological tool that will be included on the rovers, called the Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT). The RATs are being build by Honeybee Robotics. Each RAT is a diamond toothed, robotic drilling machine designed to dig into Martian rock and allow scientists to study the unweathered minerals within.

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