Podcaster: Elizabeth Howell and Michel Ingham

Title: Future Lunar Explorers Could Be TransFormers

Organization: NASA Lunar Science Institute ;

Links: SSERVI  ;The NASA Ames Vertical Gun Range  and Schultz’s paper on the South Pole-Aitken Basin

Music: “A Walk On the Moon” by Styve Bolduc.

Description:  The TransFormers concept, funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, proposes a new way to look at shadowed craters on the moon by deploying robots that could change their shape to get a better look inside.

Bios: NLSI brings together leading lunar scientists from around the world to further NASA lunar science and exploration.

Michel Ingham is a group supervisor at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He leads the systems architectures and behaviors group within JPL’s Systems Engineering and Formulation Division.

Elizabeth Howell is a freelance space journalist in Ottawa, Canada. Her work appears in publications such as Universe Today,, Space Exploration Network and All About Space.

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