Before sending people to the moon in 2024, the space Agency NASA intends to examine the satellite for the presence of water. For these purposes, a special Viper Rover of its own design will be used. Its dispatch is planned for the coming years.
The Viper (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) is due to land on the surface of the earth's satellite in December 2022. It will examine the satellite's soil and determine the percentage of water contained in regions that are not visible from the telescope when viewed from Earth.
The reverse side of the moon is known for the fact that its surface does not fall under sunlight for millions of years. The low temperature led to the appearance of glacial formations, the presence of which was previously confirmed by NASA.
The size of the lunar rover does not exceed golf cars. It will be equipped with a neutron spectrometer system and other equipment, thanks to which it will be possible to find water. As soon as a place for research is found, it will drill ice and collect images for detailed analysis.
NASA plans to create a map of water deposits below the surface of the moon. VIPER is currently under development. Given that there is no sunlight in the area of the satellite where it will conduct research, the rover must be equipped with batteries whose capacities are enough for 100 days of battery life.