Athlete, the six-legged Nasa vehicle, being tested in Arizona
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Desert tests for Nasa technology

Nasa engineers are testing the next generation of equipment, designed for future human space exploration, in the deserts of Arizona.

The All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestial Explorer, or Athlete, robot is designed to be used to unload, transport, and handle cargo on the moon.

Julie Townsend from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory explained how the six-legged vehicle has been designed to adjust its height and various other tricks, to help it deal with challenging conditions.

  • 16 Sep 2010