Japan’s mini moon exploration robot
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Japan’s mini moon exploration robot

A Japanese toymaker is aiming to become an unlikely part of potential future moon landings. The moon exploration robot Sora-Q was jointly developed by major Japanese toymaker Tomy and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa). The robot has 2 wheels for navigating lunar surfaces and 2 cameras to record future landing missions. It’s also made out of aluminium and plastic materials that can withstand extreme temperatures on the moon. Jaxa is planning to send the robot on its Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (Slim) in 2023.

4 May 2022 - 5:03PM