NASA Space Rover Being Tested Under Alaskan Ice

By: | July 10th, 2014

The rover explores the ice from the underside to simulate exploration on Jupiter. Image courtesy YouTube

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a new robot, the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration (BRUIE), specifically designed to explore vast oceans underwater on faraway planets such as Jupiter.

BRUIE is currently being tested under Alaskan ice and is able to stay afloat by having it metals tires grip the underside of the ice while its sensors do research and take measurements that are easily relayed back to research centers.

The robot is getting quality testing under the Alaskan lake ice, which is approximately one foot thick and thought to be similar to what the rover would experience exploring Jupiter’s Europa.

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