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This Rover Could Hunt For Lunar Water And Oxygen In 2018

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Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2013 03:04 AM by AlexMuller

In 2018, NASA plans to go prospecting at the moon’s south pole with a rover. The idea is to look for water and similar substances on the lunar surface, with an eye to learn more about living off the land, so to speak.

 

Launching anything into space is expensive, so if it’s possible to harvest raw materials off a moon or planetary surface, this could make things a bit cheaper. Specifically, NASA is interested in oxygen, water, silicon and light metals such as aluminum and titanium in the moon’s soil or regolith. (This process is called in situ resource utilization capability.)
 
“The mission, currently planned to launch in early 2018, will demonstrate extraction of oxygen from lunar regolith to validate in situ resource utilization capability,” said NASA spokesperson Trent Perrotto in an e-mail to Universe Today.
 
“An essential element of this mission is the ability to travel significant distances on the surface to better understand water distribution in the lunar regolith."

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-29
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It would make space exploration much easer if resources are used as found in space. Water is important, it can be used to obtain fuel Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-29
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A big step towards Moon colonization. Could this be happening in near the near future: interconnected biodomes, hovercrafts cruising the pockmarked surface, and ships darting to Earth and back again.... Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-29
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It seems that this NASA mission design is not a guarantee yet. NASA is looking at rover alternatives Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-29
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In the future humans may live and work on the moon for weeks or even months. They need to produce energy and power to make it possible to travel to and live on the lunar surface. Reply


 

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