Puffer during field testing in the snow at Antarctica's Mt Erebus

NASA already has robots exploring the surface of Mars, but there are plenty of places these roaming science laboratories cannot go. One day a pint-sized rover may help fill in the blanks, with the space agency developing a flat-packed, shape-shifting two-wheeler that can not only handle rougher terrain, but can squeeze into confined spaces where organic molecules may be waiting to be discovered.

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