NASA Quietly Training Robot Dog on Mt. Hood to Navigate Landscape of the Moon

In the scenic terrain of Mount Hood, Oregon, a robotic dog named Spirit is being rigorously trained for future space exploration missions. This initiative, known as the LASSIE Project, is spearheaded by Feifei Qian, an alumna of Georgia Tech and an assistant professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. She is joined by Frances Rivera-Hernández, also an assistant professor, from Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The project is a collaborative effort involving top institutions such as NASA, USC, Texas A&M University, Oregon State University, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Spirit, the four-legged robot, is testing its metal on the rugged, varied terrains of Mount Hood’s Palmer Glacier, simulating the harsh conditions of the moon and other

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