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NASA reveals wild plans to find underwater aliens on other planets

NASA wants to start building a swarm of mini-swimming robots that can explore the oceans of other planets in search of aliens.

Such plans can be used to sniff out signs of alien life under the miles of thick ice shells of Jupiter's moon Europa or Saturn's moon Enceladus.

"My idea is where to take miniaturized robotics and apply them to interesting new ways to explore the solar system." As a NASA engineer. One Ethan Schaller explained.

"In a swarm of small swimming robots, multiple robots in the same area can collect data to explore much larger amounts of seawater and improve measurements."

The Wild Project was properly named SWIM, or Sensing by an Independent Microswimmer. The

team will begin prototyping in the next two years after securing funding. They plan to create a wedge-shaped robot that is about 5 inches long and has a volume of 3-5 cubic inches.

Almost 50 animals are packed into a cryobot, and you can find clues "flocking" like a fish. The main vessel mainly carries kits for collecting data during long journeys through thick ice.

Rendering of NASA project
NASA / JPL-Caltech

Then you can relay the information to the lander on the ground. For professionals studying back to Earth.

"What if it took years to get into the ocean and then go through the ice shell in the wrong place?" Said Samuel Howell, a scientist on the SWIM team. "What if there are signs of life over there, but not in the ocean?

" By bringing a swarm of these robots with us, it's just You can see "over there" to explore far more environments than one Cryobot allows.

The idea is still in the early testing stage, so the robot is not yet connected to any mission.

But obviously NASA is keen to answer one of humanity's greatest mysteries.

This story originally appeared inThe Sunand was duplicated here with permission.