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“From 1969 to 2009, we thought the moon was dry to the bone. Why? Because we landed in the equatorial regions of the moon, "Bridenstein says on Friday.
But the poles of the moon are different, especially the lunar south pole, which potentially contains hundreds of millions of tons of water ice.
But can we use it?
NASA will eventually send a rover called the Volatiles Investiving Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, to the lunar south pole, where it will break for sampling.
He will find where the ice is and what other minerals and metals may also be embedded in the moon.
"Let's find out. This is all about exploration, discovery and science, "Bridenstein said.
VIPER will not land on the moon until December 2020, which is just over a year before NASA wants to send astronauts back to
to bring VIPER to the moon, NASA will rent space for a rocket from a private company.
VIPER hardware is manufactured in Houston at the Johnson Space Center, while some of the instruments are operated at the Kennedy Space Center.
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