Balls To Mars

Paul Raven @ 18-07-2006

The thing is, planetary rovers are pretty cumbersome. There’s a lot of places they can’t get to very easily. So in place of one large exploration device, MIT techies propose sending a swarm of baseball-sized miniature probes to Mars instead, where they could roll and bounce around the surface, gathering data and exploring in great detail. It would mean a lot less worries over attrition rates, for starters.

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