NEW ROBOT PICTURES: Best Moon-Digging Rovers Named

NEW ROBOT PICTURES: Best Moon-Digging Rovers Named
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"Brut Force Digger," the third-place winner of the 2009 Regolith Excavation Challenge, was built in just a couple of months using surplus materials, Team Braundo member Valerie Mendenhall said in a statement.

"In this design we applied the 'simple is better' approach and, happily, it paid off," said Mendenhall, from Ranchos Palos Verde, California.

Regolith is both extremely fine and extremely dense, making it challenging to dig, according to organizers of the annual robot competition.
—Photograph courtesy Jamie Foster, California Space Authority
 
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