Planets and Moons  ID: 4937

The VIPER Landing Site

NASA's first lunar mobile robot, the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, will map the location and concentration of water ice and other frozen volatiles in an area west of Nobile crater, near the lunar South Pole. Understanding the distribution of water and other resources on the Moon is vital for sustaining human exploration there. Scheduled to be delivered in late 2023 as part of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, the rover will explore an area of about 36 square miles during its 100-day mission.

This video shows where VIPER is going and explains the four main criteria for choosing the landing site: Earth visibility for two-way communications between the Moon and Earth, sunlight for power and thermal regulation, the potential presence of water and other resources, and terrain that is well-suited for VIPER to navigate.

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Ernie Wright (USRA): Lead Visualizer
David Ladd (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Lead Producer
David Ladd (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Lead Video Editor
Anthony Colaprete (NASA/ARC-SST): Lead Scientist
Katie L. Cousins (ARC-DO): Producer
Kayvon E. Sharghi (ARC-DO): Producer
David Ladd (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Narrator
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Music Provided by Universal Production Music: "The Butterfly Effect" – David Thomas Connolly

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LRO/LOLA/Digital Elevation Map also referred to as: DEM
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