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Planet rover stretches its legs

Pasadena, Calif. -- A six-legged robot that may one day walk on the surface of the moon or Mars stretched it legs during a test stroll in a Southern California park, officials say.

The All-Terrain, Hex-Limbed, Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE) is being developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as a half-size prototype of a robot vehicle that could transport supplies, fix equipment or even do excavation, The Pasadena (Calif.) Star-News reported.

The beetle-shaped vehicle was going through its paces in a local Pasadena area park Friday in preparation for a long-distance driving test in the Arizona desert this month.

A lot of ATHLETE's versatility comes from its ability to use its limbs both as legs and as arms.