Nick Cristello, an engineer with Neptec, a contractor to the Canadian Space Agency, attaches navigation-related wiring on the prototype rover Artemis Jr. in a test facility behind the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida before conducting a dry run. The rover is one component of NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project and is positioned atop RESOLVE’s prototype lander.
RESOLVE consists of a rover and drill provided by the Canadian Space Agency to support a NASA payload that is designed to prospect for water, ice and other lunar resources. RESOLVE also will demonstrate how future explorers can take advantage of resources at potential landing sites by manufacturing oxygen from soil. NASA will conduct field tests in July outside of Hilo, Hawaii, with equipment and concept vehicles that demonstrate how explorers might prospect for resources and make their own oxygen for survival while on other planetary bodies. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis