Brave little VolcanoBot 1 has been diving into active volcanos in Hawaii. It doesn’t mind exploring fissures and lava tubes for researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. It descended to depths of 82 feet into Kilauea last year and sent back data to construct a 3-D map of the fissure.
This year VolcanoBot 2 hopes to go deeper and farther in its quest to understand why volcanos erupt. It is smaller and lighter with the ability to turn and look at features around it. It has stronger motors and electrical communications and will store data onboard. These experiments will help with research of extraterrestrial volcanoes and fissures in the future, such as those on the Moon and Mars. See more over at NASA.