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NASA Suggests Nano Robots to Explore Mars

destinyland (578448) writes | more than 5 years ago


destinyland writes ""We're going to have to do extensive robotic exploration," says the director of NASA's Ames Research Center, suggesting nanotechnology to build self-replicating robots on Mars. Genetically engineering extraction and construction microbes could "grow" electrical components, and eventually convert carbon dioxide on Mars into oxygen. "If we really want to settle Mars, and we don't want to have to carry millions of tons of equipment with us to duplicate the way we live on Earth, these technologies will be key." This interview with Peter Worden, the director of NASA's Ames Research Center, was just featured in the summer issue of H+ magazine, and he also argues that robots will be necessary to first survey Mars for underground microbes and protect the unique Martian biosphere, since it may contain clues about earth's own first life forms. In fact, given the water and carbon that's been discovered on Mars, the possibility of underground microbes is still considered real, and Worden argues that Mars "may already be supporting life.""
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Bad movie plot... (1)

JesterUSCG (1371271) | more than 5 years ago | (#28556651)

Nice Gremlin like robots.... I can already see that bad movie script coming to life in Hollywood.

what about underground nanobots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28557769)

the whole idea of sending replicating nanobots to another planet is totally unsettling!
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