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NASA underwater rover tested in Antarctica


Exploration of distant planets on whichthere are icy oceans capable of creating the conditions for the emergence of organic life, requires appropriate equipment and equipment. NASA engineers plan to send space probes to the nearest ice-covered planets: Jupiter’s satellite - Europe and Enceladus - Saturn’s satellite. The training program for these missions involves testing submarines in terrestrial Antarctica.

NASA spread the message inwhich tells about the sending of the BRUIE submarine (Buoyant Rover) to the Casey research station in Antarctica. The prototype of a spacecraft designed to study the underwater expanses of alien planets under an ice layer with a thickness of 10 to 19 kilometers will be tested in Antarctica for several months.


The design of the underwater vehicle has one meter inlength and equipped with two large wheels for movement on ice under water. BRUIE will plunge into ice holes made to explore the boundary ice-water environment, which scientists are most interested in, as a place suitable for the detection of living organisms.

The device will autonomously performresearch, take photos and measure the chemical composition of the surrounding space. The goal of the experiment is to create a device capable of autonomous swimming for many months and transmitting information from the depths of the ocean. After testing, the design may make some changes.

Source: nasa