Japanese toy maker builds tiny lunar rover

(ORDO NEWS) — Toy company Takara Tomy has developed a mini moon rover that will go to the moon. The robot, called Sora-Q, was developed by Takara Tomy in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and will be sent to photograph the lunar surface.

Sora-Q will not be as advanced as NASA‘s VIPER moon rovers or China‘s Yutu-2, as the robot will only weigh 255 grams. The Sora-Q is made from a special type of aluminum and plastic specially designed to withstand the harsh lunar temperatures.

Sora-Q is to fly to Earth‘s natural satellite aboard the JAXA Smart Lander to explore the Moon, which is scheduled to launch in 2023.


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