RASSOR Is the Latest NASA’s Mining Robot Aiming to Take Home the Slightest Sample of Water from Moon

Tuesday, February 5th 2013. | Robot

Recently, NASA has announced its hypothesis which states that there is water on the Moon and Mars. Now what’s left for them is to prove it. Unfortunately, they can’t just launch a team of mad astronauts along with some humongous air hammer like in the classic Armageddon to dig a well on the Moon. The task requires a full-fledged robot and apparently NASA has finished the development of its latest mining robot prototype.

Nasa Rassor

Meet RASSOR, which stands for Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot. On a glance, this droid buddy of ours looks like a very weird mini tank with digger arms designed to resemble a drum. Weighing just about 100-pounds, this mech is specifically made to dig the regolith soil of our Moon which is then delivered to the integrated processing unit to extract the water and ice, if any, of course.

That’s not all, though. The most intriguing capability of RASSOR is that it will not allow the soil it has dug to go to waste. Instead, it’ll reuse it, or the chemicals contained within the soil to be exact, to generate fuel for the rocket engine of the robot or air for the astronauts to breathe.

Sounds quite the thing, right? But no matter how promising it is, RASSOR will not going to make its way to the Moon given that it’s a mere prototype. Good news is NASA is reported to be designing the RASSOR 2. While it’s not sure what changes NASA will make to the second model of lunar digging bot, it might eventually land on the zero gravity zone of the moon.

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