Up, close and personal with Mars: ReachBot and the future of space missions

The small climbing robot could explore caves on the Martian surface.
Deena Theresa
Graphic depiction of ReachBot: Small Robot for Large Mobile Manipulation Tasks in Martian Cave EnvironmentsMarco Pavone

As you're reading this, NASA's Perseverance Rover is busy at work, steering itself across the Jezero crater landscape.

The dried-up river delta could reveal signs of past microscopic life.

Perseverance is collecting rock cores for return to Earth as part of the Mars Sample Return mission with an inbuilt comprehensive and complex sample collection system. "Percy" is rather smart - the rover has an enhanced self-driving ability and can adapt to the terrain - it can get around boulders on its own.

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