Is There Money On The Moon?

A year ago, while a tarantula-like robot called Dante II inched its way down an Alaskan volcano, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University were amazed by the attention that ensued. Dante became a media darling, and its stumble in the volcano and helicopter rescue even added a touch of pathos. "Dante had a half-million hits on its Web page" during its two-week saga, recalls William L. "Red" Whittaker, director of CMU's Field Robotics Center.

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