NASA tests a lunokhod for water ice search on the southern pole


National Aeronautics and Space Space Space Research began testing Viper’s research apparatus designed to search for frozen water on the satellite surface.

NASA tests the model of all-terrain vehicles, slightly resembling a golfkar, in a special laboratory imitating conditions on the surface of the moon. This allows engineers to estimate the grip of the wheels with the soil, the optimal options for overcoming the steep slides and the required power for various maneuvers.

The Space Agency plans to send a lunokhod to the South Pole, where its task will be the analysis of soil samples and search for water ice into the area of landing the crew of the future mission of Artemis. With Viper, researchers want to determine the exact location and reserves of resources in the region. This will help to understand how people can count on the volume of water, and whether it is enough to maintain life without deliveries from the ground.

The exact date of the launch of the lunas is not yet appointed, but it is planned to be put on the South Pole for December 2022.

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