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RASSOR Robot Will Mine the Moon for Resources
NASA is working on a prototype digging robot called RASSOR, which stands for Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot. Kennedy Space Center's Rob Mueller, Lead Senior Technologist for the RASSOR project and all Human Robotics Systems, discusses how RASSOR uses digging bucket drums at each end of its body that rotate in opposite directions - giving enough traction on one end to let the opposite side dig into the lunar soil, or regolith. The robot is designed to skim regolith and dump it into a device that would pull water and ice out of the dirt and turn their chemicals into rocket fuel, breathing air, or other commodities for astronauts working on the surface.
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