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NASA is building a six-legged robot that can walk or roll on wheels, and, it hopes, ultimately help set up a habitat on Mars for the later arrivals of astronauts.
The robot, dubbed Athlete, has been in development for the past five years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said Brian Wilcox, Athlete's principle investigator. The robot is designed to move easily across the various types of terrain on the moon, on Mars or even on an asteroid.

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Experimental roboticist Marty Vona wont be flying to the moon.
But his National Science Foundation-funded work on a robotic rover could help astronauts explore the big rock in the sky on a lunar mission within the next decade.
Vona, an assistant professor of computer and information science, collaborated with NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, California to design a software interface for the research and development centre's ATHLETE, or All Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra Terrestrial Explorer.

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