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Martian Catahoula?

Boudreaux — (Space)man’s Best Friend?

NASA will continue this partnership, in the form of a robotic rover (sorry about that) like Spirit and Opportunity of Mars exploration fame — Boudreaux, the robotic “dog” (Extra Vehicular Activity Robotic Assistant).

Recently put to the test in the Mars-like Utah desert, Boudreaux is programmed to follow astronauts on its own, planning a route for itself autonomously. It can carry tools, to reduce the burden on astronauts. It’s stereovision cameras can relay pictures to a control center, making it the eyes of mission control.

The article doesn’t explain where they got the name for the thing, but I can’t help but cringe when I imagine future astronauts giving verbal instructions to “BOO‘drauw”.

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