A unique shape-changing entered the disaster zone through a pipe, and recorded the first spooky images from inside Fukushima mangled reactor. Images lit by a lamp on the robot showed steam around the chamber and debris that looked like small rocks and metal parts.
The video also showed numerous white spots believed to be caused by gamma rays. Unfortunately, the robot has become stranded two-thirds of the way through its mission and had to be abandoned.
Despite the malfunction, the crew claimed that the images were a success and they showed it was possible to send in more sophisticated robots as they embark on a 40-year mission to make the plant safe.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported that the robot also picked up lower than expected radiation readings, possibly paving the way for wireless devices to explore the site since radiation levels inside the plant are still far too dangerous for humans.
The 60cm Hitachi robot entered the disaster zone through a pipe and then changed his shape into a crawler device, collecting radiation and temperature data as it crept along. During the next year, a different amphibious robot is going to enter the site for more tests.