NASA has unveiled its plan to send a new moon rover, VIPER, to the surface of the Moon.
"VIPER will travel to the South Pole of the Moon and gauge where the water ice is," he told NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine during a sweeping speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington DC on Friday.
The government's space agency notes that the moon has huge water ice reservoirs, an amount that could potentially reach millions of tons. The water is used to maintain human presence on the lunar surface.
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"Water ice is oxygen to breathe, it's water to drink," said Bridenstine, adding that hydrogen in water ice is also used for water Rocket fuel could be used. "We will use the resources of the moon to live and work for long periods of time."
NASA plans to land VIPER, which stands for Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, on the moon in December 2022 collects approximately 100 days of data and roams several miles. The VIPER instruments, including a 1 meter drill, are used to carry out soil sampling.
The launch vehicle used to bring the mobile robot to the Moon is being deployed through NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS). The contract for the delivery of scientific and technological payloads to and near the Moon has been announced NASA's Artemis program aims to land American astronauts, including their first female, on the moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on the Earth's natural satellite.
The first mission for 2024 is to land two astronauts on the South Pole of the Moon. According to the agency, astronauts will live and work for six and a half days from the landing site.
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Bridenstine also talked at the IAC about the possibility of the next two astronauts, the Reach the moon, could be female. "That's an important point," he added.
NASA recently released an illustration "Woman on the Moon" for the Artemis mission. "Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and the goddess of the moon and the hunt, includes all of our current efforts to bring people back to the moon – to prepare and advance to Mars," the space agency said on its website. "The portrait of the Greek goddess Artemis is depicted in the lights and shadows of the crescent topography. Her features are abstract enough for every woman to see inside her. "
Earlier this year, NASA released details of its vision for the Artemis Lunar Lander, which will bring US astronauts back to the lunar surface.
ON APOLLO 11 ANNIVERSARY, PENCE ANNOUNCES ORION CAPSULE IS PREPARED FOR DEBUT FLIGHT FOR MANNED MOON MISSIONS According to a message posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website
Vice President Mike Pence announced on the occasion of the 50th anniversary The Moon Landing of Apollo 11 at the Kennedy Space Center on July 20 indicated that the Orion capsule returning American astronauts to the moon is ready.
In documents published on the FBO website, NASA stated that astronauts are being flown in an Orion spacecraft to the "Gateway," a space station orbiting the moon. The Gateway Ship will be used to assist in the transfer of crew and equipment to the Moon Lander.
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After the astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz of Apollo 11 Aldrin entered the moon on July 20, 1969, only 10 other men, all of them Americans, entered the lunar surface. Apollo 17 Mission Cmdr. Cernan was the last NASA astronaut to enter the moon on December 14, 1972.
Last week, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history as they completed the first all-female spacewalk.
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