With a large eight-legged robot named Dante 2 looking on, NASA officials announced on May 2 a new joint venture in robotics with Carnegie Mellon University. Starting with $2.5 million, the new Robotics Engineering Consortium will work to develop marketable robots for a host of jobs. Within three years, says chief scientist William "Red" Whittaker, the consortium hopes to have robotic food harvesters on the market. It also plans to develop a rover to be launched to the moon by 1997.

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