This Nuclear Robot Could Tunnel for Alien Life on Europa

This nuclear-powered tunneling robot could one day find life on Europa. Here’s how it works.

Thumbnail image courtesy Alexander Pawlusik, LERCIP Internship Program, NASA Glenn Research Center.

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“Because the team wants to be sure to burrow all the way through the ice, that means they don’t know how far the tunnelbot needs to be able to move. So Dombard and his colleagues worked with a fairly conservative estimate, figuring the tunnelbot would need to travel up to about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) down through the shell.”

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