Robots Exploring Alien Volcanoes? NASA Lab Hopes To Get There One Day

Olympus Mons from Orbit

Olympus Mons from orbit. Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

We’ve seen volcanoes or geysers erupting on the moons of Io and Enceladus. Volcanic remnants remain on Mars and the Moon. But it’s tough for rovers to get inside these challenging environments.

So NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is trying out a new robot here on Earth to one day, they hope, get inside volcanoes elsewhere in the Solar System.

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