Astrobotic says that due to its "modest" mass and size, the MoonRanger will be a test platform to help 'usher in a new era of operability in space.' In particular, the rover's autonomous capabilities will pave the way for new types of future Moon exploration, marking a new type of return to the celestial body.
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"The discoveries these teams make will be vital to our future exploration throughout the solar system with robots and humans", said Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division in NASA's Science Mission Directorate. "Each demonstrates either a new science instrument or a technological innovation that supports scientific and human exploration objectives, and many have broader applications for Mars and beyond".
The first is the MoonRanger, a small and fast rover that can travel well beyond its communication's range with the lander and still be able to come back.
A simulation of the level of detail that L-CIRiS's infrared camera will reveal of the moon's surface.
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And it could map out what is, perhaps, the moon's most valuable resource: water.
The Regolith Adherence Characterization (RAC) Payload will determine how lunar regolith sticks to a range of materials exposed to the Moon's environment at different phases of flight. Components of this experiment are derived from a commercial payload facility called MISSE now on the International Space Station.
Heimdall is a flexible camera system for conducting lunar science on commercial vehicles. The investigation will make use of a flight-spare magnetometer, a device that measures magnetic fields, originally made for the MAVEN spacecraft, which is now orbiting Mars. The instrument will use infrared technology to map the temperatures of the shadows and boulders that dot the lunar surface.
NGLR will serve as a target for lasers on Earth to precisely measure the Earth-Moon distance.
LuSEE will make comprehensive measurements of electromagnetic phenomena on the lunar surface. They range from moon rovers to radiation-tolerant computing technology, from x-ray imagers to sample acquisition technology.
More than 30 years later, after George heard NASA was trying to track down the footage for the moon landing's 40th anniversary, he took the unidentified tapes to a video archivist and viewed them for the first time.