Sunday, September 06, 2009

NASA desert rats returning to Arizona to test lunar robot

NASA's Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies) team is heading back to Arizona in a week to continue testing equipment for extraterrestrial exploration.

According to a press release posted on Reuters, the test will include "a simulated 14-day mission during which two crew members -- an astronaut and a geologist -- will live inside NASA's prototype Lunar Electric Rover [right]. They will scout the test area for features of geological interest and conduct simulated moonwalks to collect samples."

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