NASA's 14th annual Desert RATS mission concluded with success.
NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) crew has reached the mid-way point in the 14th annual Desert RATS mission.
Space Exploration Vehicles, sample collection and communications tools, navigation systems, and the Habitat Demonstration Unit were among the technologies tested.
An astronaut and a geologist live inside a rover for 14 days, and the team demonstrates technologies including the Tri-ATHLETE heavy lift rover and two K-10 robots.
Two people, three days, 10 cubic meters. That sums up one of the main tests for this year's Desert RATS tests at Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona.
Once a year, the Agency's RATS (Research and Technology Studies) team makes its way to remote a location in the Arizona or California desert to bring the moon right down to Earth -- Figuratively speaking that is.
In early September scientists will descend on a remote part of Arizona, Cinder Lake to test in an environment similar to that of the Moon and Mars.