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posted by martyb on Friday June 04, @08:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the having-a-ball-with-science dept.

Japan will send a transforming robot ball to the Moon:

Japan is prepping an unusual robot to explore the Moon — and it's clearly influenced by the country's tech industry. The Byte reports that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has teamed up with Sony, Doshisha University and toy maker Tomy on a ball-shaped transforming robot to study the lunar soil ahead of a crewed rover due in 2029.

The 8.8oz bot will arrive in a compact ball that will help the private robotics company Ispace carry the machine aboard its lunar lander. Once on the surface, it'll pop open into a "full" configuration that captures images of the Moon's surface. This will also make the robot useful for future missions, JAXA said.


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  • (Score: 2) by looorg on Friday June 04, @08:46PM (1 child)

    by looorg (578) on Friday June 04, @08:46PM (#1141878)

    The transformers jokes write themselves, just imagine this comment transforming into something funny/insightful/informative/interesting/troll/spam ...

    That said it's transforming into a camera to take pictures of surface/dirt ... it seems somewhat underwhelming. Don't we have a fair amount of pictures of the moon already? From all heights, directions and whatever.

  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Friday June 04, @08:48PM (1 child)

    by krishnoid (1156) on Friday June 04, @08:48PM (#1141879)

    Along with capturing any other foreign elements [youtu.be] on the surface. Or destroying them, either is good.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @09:34PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @09:34PM (#1141888)

      I want to see it take pictures of the US landers and buggys to help moon landing deniers get over it.
      Still can't find any modern hi-rez orbital pics of that stuff!

      Also, BB-8's Grandpa.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @08:59PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @08:59PM (#1141880)

    i hope it fails and approaches at a very flat angle, bounces once and flies back into space. hopefully in one piece. and with the camera intact and recording...

    • (Score: 2) by Tork on Friday June 04, @11:19PM

      by Tork (3914) on Friday June 04, @11:19PM (#1141910)
      ... shouting "SPAAAAAAACE!" [youtube.com]
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      Slashdolt Logic: "24 year old jokes about sharks and lasers are +5, Funny." 💩
  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @06:05AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @06:05AM (#1141976)

    This story is not helping to amplify Black and Brown voices.

    • (Score: 2) by Tork on Saturday June 05, @02:33PM

      by Tork (3914) on Saturday June 05, @02:33PM (#1142042)

      "Soylent News isn't living up to my ridiculous caricature of them." 🙄

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      Slashdolt Logic: "24 year old jokes about sharks and lasers are +5, Funny." 💩
  • (Score: 2) by Farmer Tim on Saturday June 05, @09:56AM

    by Farmer Tim (6490) on Saturday June 05, @09:56AM (#1142006)
    Which part of "do not taunt super happy fun ball" do they not understand?
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    Caution: 90% probability the above is tongue in cheek.
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