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Science Notes: Robot Space Penguins

I'm surprised that I missed this article from New Scientist on 31 August 2005, but thanks to netmouse's post, I found it:

Robotic space penguin to hop across the Moon:


Engineers at US defence contractor Raytheon, in Massachusetts, have developed a robot, dubbed the Lunar Penguin, that could one day bounce across perilous craters and imposing mountains on the Moon's craggy surface using a set of compact rocket boosters.


All I can envision is an update to the documentary March of the Penguins:

"The Moon is a harsh enviroment, but these robot penguins have been intelligently designed to survive under such difficult conditions..."

On second thought, maybe not.
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"Tranquility Base here. The Penguin has landed."
It could get a lot of public support if they paint it black and white...
TERRIFYING SPACE PENGUINS!
Oh no! Let us feed them linguini to entice them to leave us alone!
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