Dante's Inferno


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Researchers decided last week to make a second rescue attempt of NASA's Dante II robot from the grips of Alaska's active volcano Mt. Spurr. After completing a successful mission earlier this month to explore depths of the crater where no human would venture, the eight-legged robot was disabled as it was working its way out of the crater. A first rescue attempt last Wednesday by helicopter failed to recover the $1.7-million robot. Nonetheless, NASA and Carnegie Mellon researchers, who developed the robot, maintain that Dante IPs trek shows that robots can do research in places—on Earth and in space—that may be too dangerous for human exploration.