The attentions of the space-faring industry may have turned to more distant targets, like Mars or even hurtling comets, but that's not to say there's not still room to explore a closer neighbor, like our own moon. Carnegie Mellon has revealed the robotic rover it believes will not only clinch it part of a $20m+ Google Lunar XPrize, but discover new and unseen pits and caves that pock the moon's surface. Dubbed Andy, the robot is predominantly the handiwork of students, and took just nine months to develop.
While it may have been cooked up quickly, that doesn't mean it hasn't been thought through. Although Andy is small - under 10 pounds in the lighter lunar gravity - and just three feet long, it has huge foot-diameter wheels and a very broad stance.