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November 2024


An artist's concept of NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER exploring the Moon.

NASA's Artemis lunar rover, the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, will explore the relatively nearby but extreme environment of the Moon in search of ice and other potential resources. This mobile robot will land at the South Pole of the Moon in late 2024 on a 100-day mission. The critical information it provides will teach us about the origin and distribution of water on the Moon and help determine how we can harvest the Moon's resources for future human space exploration.

VIPER will be delivered by Astrobotic’s Griffin lunar lander as part of a Commercial Lunar Payload Services delivery.