One of These Days, ATHLETE... Bang! Zoom! Straight to the Moon (Video)

ATHLETE, NASA's "All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer," was designed for lunar cargo hauling with expertise in hernia-free crouch and lift. A pair of cameras mounted on each of its six sides provide full stereoscopic panoramic view of the lunar surface. The small wheels are used on hard terrain, but they can lock to become feet when the goin' gets rougher. Legs can become arms, and the motors used to control the wheel can also power claws, plows and drills. NASA plans to ship this baby skyward in a "decade or so." [NASA via Make]

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zenpoet
zenpoet

I agree that this is one of, if not the, coolest vehicles that I have ever seen.

The name just bugs me. I can see your point jetdillo, but ATHLETE? Seriously?

I agree with wbremner, they should have called the thing a "Thermonuclear Hex-Extremitied Superior Huge Items Transport."