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Jaxa ball-shaped robot to explore lunar surface

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to obtain data on the lunar surface , the regolith, via a small shape-changing robot. The data collected, it says, will aid the design for a subsequent crewed rover.

The robot technology is being jointly developed by JAXA, Tomy Company (a toy company), Sony and Doshisha University. Transportation of the robot to the Moon will be conducted by Japan’s ispace, inc. (ispace).

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