NASA new rover to search for water on the moon

  • NASA new rover to search for water on the moon

NASA new rover to search for water on the moon

The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover - or VIPER - will take samples of moon soil, looking for evidence of water-ice, NASA announced Friday.

Artist illustration of NASA's VIPER on the south pole of the moon.

Bridenstine and others have long trumpeted the presence of potentially hundreds of millions of tons water ice on the moon as a key reason human missions should go to the lunar poles. It will have four instruments on board that will help it sample and analyse the soil on the moon.

For many years, scientists have known that there are abundant amounts of water ice in the lunar polar regions.

"It's incredibly exciting to have a rover going to the new and unique environment of the south pole to discover where exactly we can harvest that water".

Thus, this mission will also continue the work begun by India's Chandrayaan-2 mission in September, which put an orbiter around the Moon and sent a lander and rover down to the South Pole to find water whose presence Chandrayaan-1 confirmed in 2007. Researchers plan to use the data collected to create the first water resource maps of the moon.

Pictured here is a VIPER mobility testbed, an engineering model created to evaluate the rover's mobility system.

October 28, 2019 (EIRNS)-Again accelerating its plans for the manned return to the Moon, NASA has announced its intention to send a Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) mission to the lunar South Pole in 2022 to seek and dig for ice on or below the surface there.

Anthony Colaprete, VIPER's project scientist said in a press release, "VIPER will tell us which locations have the highest concentrations and how deep below the surface to go to get access to water". The mission would take 100 days, and the U.S. space agency would equip the rover with a neutron spectrometer to identify potential ice water deposits below the lunar surface.

First, there is the Neutron Spectrometer System (NSS), which will be used to identify deposits of water below the surface that warrant further investigation.

The NASA presented its plan to send a new vehicle, the VIPER, to the lunar surface.

These drilled samples will be analyzed by the Mass Spectrometer Observing Lunar Operations (MSolo) and the Near InfraRed Volatiles Spectrometer System (NIRVSS).

The robotic rover will operate at the South Pole of the moon for 100 days. They will determine the composition and concentration of potentially accessible resources, including water, that will be brought up by TRIDENT. Ames is managing the rover project, leading the mission's science, systems engineering, real-time rover surface operations and software development. VIPER would fly to a moon on a commercial lander through the agency's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program.