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NASA to announce Moon landing site for Artemis Lunar Robotic Rover

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Animation of the NASA Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) on the surface of the Moon. Credit: NASA Ames / Daniel Rutter

">Nasa will host a media teleconference on Monday, September 20 at 4 p.m. EDT, to announce the moon landing site of the agency’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER). The rover will be delivered to the surface of the Moon at the end of 2023 as part of the Artemis program and as part of the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative.

VIPER is the first resource mapping mission on the surface of another celestial body. While on the Moon, VIPER will have a close-up view of the location and concentration of ice and other resources, aiding the advancement of science and human exploration as part of the Artemis missions. .

Scientists and mission operators will take advantage of near real-time Earth-Moon communications and work together to drive the rover along an unexplored region of the Moon’s South Pole.

NASA Volatiles investigates the polar exploration rover

Illustration of NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) on the surface of the Moon. Credit: NASA Ames / Daniel Rutter

The audio of the conference call will be streamed live online at:

https://www.nasa.gov/live

The briefing participants are:

  • Lori Glaze, Director of the Planetary Sciences Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Daniel Andrews, VIPER Project Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Anthony Colaprete, Principal Scientist of the VIPER Project, Ames
  • Darlene Lim, Senior Associate Scientist, VIPER Project, Ames
  • Darryl Gaines, Deputy Director, NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services, NASA Johnson Space Center