„If every habitable world in the universe is unique, and the precise chemical conditions of a planet helps shape the life that evolves there, then avatars could allow aliens to visit other worlds from the safety of their spaceship. Could it be that all the stories of alien encounters on Earth were really encounters with alien avatars? Maybe aliens don’t actually look like grey humanoids with large eyes and no noses. Instead, that haunting image may simply be what we look like to them.“
‚Telerobotics‘ describes robotic exploration when human users are able to remotely control robots and perform science in risky locations such as the on the rocky surface of Mars or the toxic methane lakes of Saturn’s Titan.