Nasa researchers recently tested a probe truck called the Volatiles Journal ingenpolar Polar Rover at the Glen Research Center in Cleveland,media reported. It is believed it will be used to find water ice in the moon’s south pole. According to NASA, the VIPER is about the size of a regular golf cart and was designed by engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.
NASA’s ambitious plan to return to the moon is no secret. It will launch a series of unmanned missions, one of which will be to find water ice that could be collected as a resource for future human program exploration before human astronauts land on the moon in 2024.
Assuming all goes according to plan, VIPER will be the first robot ever to collect water ice samples from Antarctica, and NASA plans to send two astronauts to the South Pole.
In addition to the Cleveland team, engineers from Houston were involved in the test. Meanwhile, NASA’s team in Silicon Valley was appointed to manage the VIPER program — including software and ground operations. The Florida-based NASA team and honeybee Robotics, a private company, worked together to provide the probe with instruments.