NASA’s LEMUR robot escaped Death Valley in its last field test – Engadget

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NASA’s LEMUR robot escaped Death Valley in its last field test – Engadget

While rovers like Curiosity are doing a bang-up job exploring extraterrestrial terrain, they don’t have the capability to scale cliffs and other hard-to-reach places. That’s a job best left to climbing robots like LEMUR, a technology developed by engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JPL’s engineers spent years refining the machine, which was originally conceived as a repair robot for the International Space Station. Now, the LEMUR (short for Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot) project has concluded, but not before JPL conducted a final field test in Death Valley, California.

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