NASA to send water-hunting robot to moon

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October 26, 2019

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NASA to send water-hunting robot to moon

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WASHINGTON: NASA will send a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface.

According to reports in international media, it is a part of an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 2024 to possibly use it for astronauts to drink and to make rocket fuel.

The VIPER robot will drive for miles (km) on the dusty lunar surface to get a closer look at what NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has touted for months: underground pockets of “hundreds of millions of tons of water ice” that could help turn the moon into a jumping-off point to Mars.

(Agencies)

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