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two men standing behind a robot Chris Richards/University of Arizona University of Arizona engineering faculty members Jekan Thanga (right) and Moe Momayez have received $500,000 in NASA funding for a new project to advance space mining methods that use swarms of autonomous robots. They are pictured with a low-cost, rapidly designed, 3D-printed rover prototype used for testing a new generation of miniature sensors for applications in lunar mining.