NASA selects Moon site for landing ice-hunting rover

They hope that the robot will confirm the presence of H2O ice just below the surface

NASA has announced they would land an ice-seeking rover on the Nobile Crater in 2023. It is a region of the Moon's south pole.

This mission is part of Artemis.

 

They hope that the robot will confirm the presence of H2O ice just below the surface. The agency claims that one day the substances which might be found could be converted into rocket fuel for missions to Mars and deeper into the cosmos.

 

Lori Glaze, director of NASA's planetary science division said, "Nobile Crater is an impact crater near the south pole that was born through a collision with another smaller celestial body."

 

The place is one of the coldest regions of our solar system, and has only so far been probed from distance using sensors.

 

Glazer added, "The rover is going to get up close and personal with the lunar soil, even drilling several feet down."

 

The robot which will be sent is called Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER and it can be piloted in near real time and comes with a 50-hour battery. It is also solar powered and can withstand extreme temperatures.

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