NASA engineers are designing new drones that can fly into lava tubes and the remains of the moon’s extinct volcanoes.
The drones, which are design to hover just above the surface of the moon, could help scientists search for water and minerals that a future lunar colony could utilise.
Rob Muller, a senior technologist as NASA, said, “The first step in being able to use resources on Mars or an asteroid is to find out where the resources are. They are most likely in hard-to-access areas where there is permanent shadow. Some of the crater walls are angled 30 degrees or more, and that’s far too steep for a traditional rover to navigate and climb.”
NASA says that similar drones could potentially be used for missions to the surfaces of Mars or even asteroids.