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NASA’s Developing Snake Robot To Discover Life On Saturn’s Moon

The EELS system can investigate the Martian polar caps and the Earth’s ice sheets’ lowering crevasses.

Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) is a snake-like, self-propelled robot that was created to be able to navigate terrain that was influenced by aquatic worlds.(NASA/JPL-CalTech)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is working on a snake-like robot that it claims would improve space exploration due to its versatility in adapting to different environments.

Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor, often known as EELS, is a system that can investigate interior and enclosed dynamic terrain formations to evaluate signs of life.

The sixth-largest moon of Saturn, Encaladus, is the subject of particular attention. It is a tiny, cold body that was discovered in 1789. This ice moon was named one of the solar system’s “most scientifically interesting destinations” by the Cassini mission.

In addition, the spacecraft discovered that a subterranean ocean under its icy crust is where geyser-like jets shoot water vapour and ice particles. NASA’s quest for life has found Enceladus to be a promising candidate because of its interior heat and global ocean.

Enceladus has a surface temperature of roughly -201 degrees Celsius and is very reflective. Scientists claim that it is not as frigid and lifeless as it first looked to be.

In addition to Enceladus, the EELS system can investigate the Martian polar caps and sinking ice sheet crevasses on Earth. To demonstrate the capabilities of the snake-like robot, effort is being done to find high-impact scientific research with high priorities.

This robot features an actuation and propulsion mechanism, to speak generally. Power and communication electronics power it. The gripping mechanism and propeller unit of the EELS allow it to approach a plume vent outlet while the spinning propulsion unit functions as tracks. As a result, EELS can aid in discovering previously inaccessible locations.

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