Preparing for the Unknown
NASA's Desert RATS, or Research and Technology Studies, team made its 13th trip to the desert for another round of analog testing. The Desert RATS tests offer a chance for a NASA-led team of engineers, astronauts and scientists to conduct technology development research in the Arizona desert. The location offers a good stand-in for destinations for future planetary exploration missions. This year's tests take place Aug. 31-Sept. 15. This image is a night-time shot of the rover and habitat unit.
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