To boldly go: Meet the extreme robot explorers
How can we explore the Universe without getting hurt? Meet the robots who could one day be looking for life on other planets.
Indiana Jones would not have to come face-to-face with quite so many snakes if he'd been around today. Instead, he could have borrowed a robot from his local science lab and gone searching for the holy grail, without even having to use his whip.
Around the globe, many robot explorers are being developed to explore the deepest seafloor and the darkest cave, with the hope that one day they can be used to look for rare minerals and signs of life on other planets.
There are also many companies who have produced robots that can do tasks that are dangerous for us humans, such as studying miles of underwater pipes looking for leaks. Robots are also much better at withstanding the harshest of environments, and won't ever complain about being too cold.
From agile robot dogs to large submersibles, we take a look through some of the many robot explorers that could one day boldly go where no human really wants to. Here are some of our favourite robot explorers:
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James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs
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