NASA taps CMU to develop robots to help turn pits on the Moon into potential habitats

Darrell Etherington
NASA taps CMU to develop robots to help turn pits on the Moon into potential habitats

Lunar rovers are cool -- but imagine how much cooler they'd be if they could also rappel. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will try to make rappelling robots a reality, after having been selected by NASA as the recipient of a new $2 million research grant aimed at coming up with new technology to help robots explore "pits" on the Moon. Yes, pits, as distinct from craters, which are essentially surface features caused by meteorite impacts.