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NASA to reveal moon landing site for ice-lunar rover today. Here’s how to follow along.

NASA to reveal moon landing site for ice-lunar rover today. Here’s how to follow along.

An artist's depiction of the VIPER rover at work on the lunar surface.



An artist’s depiction of the VIPER rover at work on the lunar ground.
(Image credit score: NASA/Daniel Rutter)

We’ll within the waste be taught the landing field quandary for an ice-hunting rover scout that can preserve up for sources to toughen human moon landings.

NASA will host a media teleconference Monday (Sept. 20) at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) to discuss where within the moon’s south polar situation private firm Astrobotic will quandary the agency’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) in late 2023. This would possibly possibly start on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

The event will trail on NASA TV. the agency’s YouTube channel and social media, apart from to here at Enviornment.com courtesy of NASA.

Related: Moon VIPER: NASA needs to send a water-sniffing rover to the lunar south pole

In conserving with NASA, briefing members encompass: 

  •  Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters 
  •  Daniel Andrews, VIPER project supervisor, NASA Ames Study Heart in California 
  •  Anthony Colaprete, VIPER lead project scientist, Ames 
  •  Darlene Lim, VIPER deputy lead project scientist, Ames 
  •  Darryl Gaines, deputy supervisor, NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Products and services, NASA Johnson Enviornment Heart in Texas 

VIPER will scurry to the moon on a  private lander constructed by Pittsburgh-based totally Astrobotic below NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Products and services (CLPS) initiative. CLPS is meant to take a look at out skills and to scout for lunar sources earlier than planned Artemis program human missions on the moon.

NASA is focusing on 2024 for boots on the bottom, but is running into technological, funding and lawsuit concerns that can extend the reveal. However every time the crewed landings occur, VIPER will likely be necessary because “this can in discovering a end-up glimpse of the sphere and focus of ice and other sources,” NASA officials wrote in an announcement Thursday (Sept. 16) promoting the drawing end announcement.

The agency tapped Pennsylvania’s Astrobotic in 2020 below a contract value $199.5 million as a mounted-rate rate covering every component of start and landing, the agency talked about at the time. Earlier this yr, Astrobotic chosen SpaceX thru a aggressive procurement to start the rover, utilizing the Falcon Heavy rocket most renowned for sending the “Starman” mannequin to dwelling in a red Tesla Roadster.

Astrobotic furthermore has a CLPS mission to teach a smaller lander, known as Peregrine, toting exiguous science and skills payloads to the moon sometime in 2022, NASA talked about. VIPER required a more extensive lander, known as Griffin, that clocks in at 1,000 lbs. (450 kilograms), hence the necessity for the heavy-attach rocket. 

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Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell is a contributing creator for Enviornment.com who’s without doubt one of many few Canadian journalists to file on a traditional basis on dwelling exploration. She is the creator or co-creator of a variety of books on dwelling exploration. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in Enviornment Experiences, and an M.Sc. from the identical department. She furthermore holds a bachelor of journalism stage from Carleton University in Canada, where she began her dwelling-writing profession in 2004. Apart from writing, Elizabeth teaches communications at the university and community college stage, and for presidency practising colleges. To head looking out out for her most as a lot as the moment projects, put collectively Elizabeth on Twitter at @howellspace.