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NASA chooses Astrobotic to carry VIPER Ice-Hunting Moon Rover



After sending four rover to Mars – with a fifth scheduled to launch in July – NASA announced on Thursday a contract to put its first wheel robot on the moon.

Pittsburgh Astrobotic Technology Inc. won a $ 199.5 million contract to deliver the robotic explorer to the moon by the end of 2023. The award includes the rocket to launch the mission and the lander that will bring the rover down to the lunar south pole.

Rover – Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER – is the latest in a series of robotic missions that NASA funds as part of its renewed interest in the moon.


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