NASA’s VIPER Mission

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NASA’s VIPER Mission

NASA’s VIPER Mission

Year 2023 NASA has announced the launch of a mission named Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover- VIPER.

The objective of launching this mission by NASA is to find out whether human life on the Moon is possible using locally available resources?

About mission:

  • VIPER is a kind of mobile robot that will be sent to another celestial body, to map its resources.
  • NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) will provide the launch vehicle and lander for this 100-day mission.

Mission Objectives:

  • To explore the South Pole region of the Moon.
  • Help to map the resources available on the Moon.
  • Estimating the concentration of water as well as other potential resources on the surface of the Moon.

Mission Importance:

Findings from ‘Wyper’ will help determine the sites for future landing sites under the “Artemis program” where water and other life-sustaining resources can be used for astronauts during their stay.

Source: The Hindu

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