NASA to deploy VIPER rover to search for water ice on the moon
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States has begun testing the VIPER research vehicle, designed to search for frozen water on the surface of the satellite.
NASA is testing a model of an all-terrain vehicle, a bit like a golf car, in a special laboratory that simulates conditions on the lunar surface. This allows engineers to evaluate traction, steep grades and power requirements for various maneuvers..
The space agency plans to send moon rover to the South Pole, where his task will be to analyze soil samples and search for water ice in the landing area of the crew of the future Artemis mission. With VIPER, researchers want to determine the exact location and reserves of resources in the region. This will help to understand how much water people can count on, and whether it will be enough to sustain life without supplies from Earth..
The exact launch date of the Lunokhod has not yet been set, but preliminary landing at the South Pole is scheduled for December 2022..
NASA completed flight tests of a Mars exploration helicopter last year, and announced plans to send a $ 1 billion drone to Saturn’s satellite Titan, which will look for signs of life.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: NASA