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Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory mimicked martian landscapes by building the “Mars Yard;” complete with red rock obstacle courses meant to challenge a rover in development intended for a one way ticket to mars of Mars. But what about exploring things deep below the surface of a planet or moon? Take Europa; Jupiter’s icy moon thought to contain vast oceans of water frozen under miles of ice.

EnterĀ BRUIE (Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration). BRUIE is currently being tested in the Alaskan wilderness, collecting primary scientific data on salinity and temperature, explicable to our own blue planet. Ā If testing is successful, then the first steps towards a launch to Europa could begin in a few decades. However until then, check out the video below to see BRUIE in action.