A robot designed to enter and explore coal mines may soon be heading off to visit caverns on the Moon.
Roboticist William 'Red' Whittaker is no stranger to building robots that can go underground, some of his previous creations have been everywhere from the bowels of an Alaskan volcano to the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Now however he is looking a little further afield - an 80m deep cavern that has been discovered on the Moon. By 2015 one of his robots could be setting off on a trip to become the first to explore what lies below the lunar surface.
"This is authentic exploration, this is the real deal," said Whittaker whose work will be receiving a $500,000 investment over the next two years. "This is really going where none have gone before."
"The hole was discovered three years ago when Japanese researchers published images from the satellite SELENE1, but spacecraft orbiting the Moon have been unable to see into its shadowy recesses."
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