Valery LEBOVKA, “FACTS”
Along with the destruction of space debris mankind will continue to develop other projects, in particular, development of Earth satellite.
In particular, recently the US Space Agency (NASA) has chosen to deliver to the moon promising Investigating Polar Volatiles Rover Exploration Rover (VIPER) company Astrobotic.
The machine can land on the moon in 2023, says the Agency.
Clarifies that the purpose of the mission will search for water ice, which can be used in future manned flights. So, information about the presence, quantity and location of ice deposits on the moon will be transmitted from the Board of the VIPER to the Ground. The data will help to choose the landing site and the establishment of a lunar base.
“The mission of the VIPER will look for ice, the resource that brings us closer to the ultimate goal of NASA’s long-term sustainable presence on the moon”, — said the head of the science division of NASA Thomas Zurbuchen. The unit will operate on the surface of the Antarctic region.
The group out of Pittsburgh received $ 195 million. The competition became part of the NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS), aimed at the purchase of different companies services to deliver payloads to the moon’s surface.
Recall, the US is now implementing an ambitious program “Artemis” aimed at landing a man on the moon and (eventually) establish a long-term settlement. One of the objectives of the space Agency at this stage — reducing the potential cost and risk reduction.
[email protected] has been selected to deliver our VIPER Moon rover to the Moon’s South Pole in 2023.
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Recall that according to the program “Artemis”, in the second half of 2020 to the moon, sent unmanned spacecraft Orion. It will be sent into space rocket SLS (Space Launch System). Camera, flew over the earth satellite must return to Earth. In the second stage it is planned flyby of the moon, with crew on Board. This needs to be done in 2022.The third stage will be the landing of astronauts on the moon in 2024, and the flight of people to Mars in the mid 2030-ies.
Earlier, the “FACTS” wrote that the native of the Zhytomyr programmer Alexey Pahunov helps the company Elon musk, Space X in space exploration.