Mexico is sending eight modular robots to the moon in the second half of 2019, make it the first Latin American country to conduct surface studies on our lunar neighbor.
Each robot, built by the UNAM Nuclear Sciences Instrumentation Space Laboratory, will weigh half a kilo and will be sent to different parts of the lunar surface.
The news comes at a time the Trump administration in neighboring United States is planning it own foundation for a moon mission, and eventually Mars.
Reports from Spanish newspapers suggest that the robots will gather information by working together like a group of flying insects. Together they will build structures such as solar panels, challenging atmospheric conditions.
The mission, entitled “Autonomous Assembly of Structures on the Lunar Surface”, will be financed by the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and a private firm called Astrobotic Technology. Analysts say the space mission will help uncover new knowledge about the moon.
The Mexican robots are built at low cost, consume little power, and have no need of repair, according to Gustavo Medina Tanco, head of the UNAM laboratory.
“In a very short time the mentality of the Mexicans will change and a revolution of knowledge will begin, the flag of Mexico will be hoisted on the moon,” Tanco said, adding that Mexicans have great capacity to contribute to the world’s knowledge.