ACCORDING tomedia reports, NASA will return to the moon — NASA manned spacecraft will soon return to the moon. No one knows for sure whether the space agency will send humans to the moon’s surface by the 2024 deadline, but they will happen whenever these human and robotic missions begin. NASA’s newest lunar vehicle, VIPER, now has a very special mission ahead of it, which will send it to the moon’s south pole in search of water.
It is understood that the lunar vehicle is equipped with special hardware, it needs to sample and test the material encountered, and it will also be equipped with something NASA probe has never had before: headlights.
Incredibly, NASA has sent so much high-tech hardware to places like Mars that it has never installed headlights on its rover. What you see now, however, is that the VIPER will be the first detection vehicle with lights.
NASA offers a good reason for this: “In extreme cases of light and darkness found on the moon, shadow and light areas are so contrasting that any outline in the landscape is invisible in the dark.” To navigate the world, VIPER rover pilots will rely on headlights and camera systems mounted on the rover to avoid boulders, fall from steep craters and other potentially deadly hazards. “
Obviously, if that’s a good idea, THEN NASA needs to make sure the probe knows where it’s going and doesn’t hit any craters, but it must test the robot’s glowing eyes before it can be sure it will work as planned. In a simulated lunar landscape at NASA’s California Research Institute, scientists there are working to perfect the design of headlights to maximize their potential and illuminate the path for the lunar vehicle
“We face the same challenges as any automotive designer,” NASA’s Uland Wong said in a statement. Whether it’s a probe or a next-generation car, poor lighting means drivers can’t see the details of the landscape. We have to pay special attention to these challenges on the moon, because once VIPEr arrives there, it will never come back. “
VIPER has yet to set a date for its launch, which is the status quo for NASA’s many upcoming high-profile lunar missions. However, when the probe does fly into the sky and land at the moon’s south pole, it is ready to illuminate its path.