11:00 AM Jan 1, 2014
Among all the challenges of sending robotic explorers to other planets and moons, nailing the landing has to be the most nail-biting part. Now, a team at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., has devised a strange, flexible “super ball bot” concept that could take a rough landing on another world’s surface and use the same structure to start rolling like a tumbleweed around the terrain.