June 16, 2023
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is in the process of developing a snake-like robot with special features that will search for water and potential life on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. Called EELS (Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor), the robot is made up of numerous segments with special propulsion units that rotate. It slithers like a snake and can adapt to a variety of surfaces and also operate underwater. The robot will be able to move through multiple holes and cracks in the terrain of Saturn’s sixth-largest moon and reach the liquid ocean underneath. EELS weighs around 100kgs and is around 16ft in length. It will be equipped with a device that will capture Enceladus’ environment in 3D and send videos to Earth.
Did You Know?
Enceladus measures around 505kms across and is 25 times smaller than Earth.