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Lunar Rover Field Tests
05.30.08
 
NASA scientists and lunar rovers will trek on the moon -- or at least an earthly approximation of one.

Robots, rovers and lunar planners from NASA’s Ames Research Center and centers across the country will gather at Moses Lake, Wash., this June to perform a series of field tests based on mission-related activities for NASA's planned return to the moon by 2020.

Humans and robots will demonstrate their ability to perform some of the work that NASA's Lunar Architecture Team and studies by the Constellation Program have identified as possible in future lunar exploration. These field experiments could inspire new areas of development or help engineers identify complications that might not be obvious in smaller scale laboratories. The advanced exploration capabilities these tests will demonstrate are being developed by the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate's Exploration Technology Development Program.

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- News media are invited to a trek on the moon -- or at least an earthly approximation of one. Left: K-10 Rover "Black" uses its ground-penetrating radar in a polar desert environment.

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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- News media are invited to a trek on the moon -- or at least an earthly approximation of one. Left: K-10 Rover "Red" uses its 3-D scanning systems during field tests in the "frost rubble zone" of Earth.

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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- News media are invited to a trek on the moon -- or at least an earthly approximation of one. Left: K-10 Rover "Red" travels towards base camp at the Haughton Crater in the Canadian high arctic.

Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center
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