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Cute lunar robots test their skills on Italy’s Etna volcano

With its adorable stereo-camera eyes, the Lightweight Rover Unit 1 (LRU1) robot, posing on the black gravel of Italy’s Mount Etna, resembles PIXAR’s famous animated character WALL-E. LRU1 is one of a team of eye-catching robots designed by Germany’s engineers that have recently completed a test run on the moon-like slopes of Europe’s most active volcano. 

The robots, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), spent the last week of June demonstrating their ability to move around and navigate the challenging landscape with minimal human guidance. 

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