NASA will present a media teleconferencing today on the 20th of September at 4 p.m. EDT. This is in order to declare the lunar landing site for the agency’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER). The rover will be sent to the Moon’s exterior in late 2023. This is under the Artemis program and a part of the organization’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program.
VIPER is the first resource-mapping task on the surface of another celestial body. While on the Moon, VIPER will make a close-up view of the place and absorption of ice and other resources. This is in order to assist in the development of science and human exploration as part of the Artemis missions.
Researchers and task force operators will leverage near real-time Earth-to-Moon communications. In addition, they will also work together in order to drive the rover adjacent to an unknown region of the Moon’s the South Pole.
Audio of the teleconferencing will stream live in real-time at: https://www.nasa.gov/live
Participants of the briefing along with their roles are as under:
- Lori Glaze – Director of the Planetary Science Division (NASA Headquarters)
- Daniel Andrews – VIPER project manager (NASA’s Ames Research Center)
- Anthony Colaprete – VIPER lead project scientist (NASA’s Ames Research Center)
- Darlene Lim – VIPER deputy lead project scientist (NASA’s Ames Research Center)
- Darryl Gaines – Deputy manager, NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (NASA’s Johnson Space Center)
In order to participate in the teleconference, the media must send an email along with their name and association to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3:45 p.m. today (20th September 2021) for dial-in data.
To learn and read more about the VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) mission at: https://www.nasa.gov/viper