Vacunacionadultos

NASA’s moon-exploring Viper will be the first rover to rock headlights

The Viper team tested prototype LED headlight arrays on a simulated lunar landscape.


NASA/Dominic Hart

With a name like “Viper,” you know NASA is serious about doing some hard-core rover exploration on the moon. The space agency’s in-development four-wheeled lunar vehicle has already booked a ride to space for 2023, but it’s in need of some serious candlepower to light up its destination on the moon’s south pole.

NASA shared a behind-the-scenes look last week at how it’s developing “the first-ever lighting system on a rover.” The Viper team put some car-like prototype headlights through their paces at a testing site designed to simulate the lunar landscape at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, aka Viper, will be looking for water ice and taking soil samples, but it’ll

Read More