That's short for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, and Regolith
But don't forget to pack your selfie stick, because you could take photographs of hopping around lunar regolith
and share them instantly on Instagram or Snapchat (or whichever app you prefer) right from the moon, thanks to a planned 4G network.
Osiris-Rex - short forOrigins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith
Explorers- lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral, in 2016.
Seeing what happens when the surface of the Moon cools quickly will help scientists "understand some of the characteristics of the regolith
- the mixture of soil and loose rocks on the surface - and how it changes over time," the US space agency said in a statement.
Conversely, in landscapes where saline water passing through the regolith
is chemically buffered, land salinity may not be apparent but the net salt flux to streams can be high.
Tenders are invited for: Expert: isru system demonstrator - oxygen production from lunar regolith
Any extended stay on the moon (or Mars, for that matter) would require heavy shielding to prevent excessive radiation exposure, but you don't need to build something on the surface to do that when the moon's regolith
does the job fine when you're underground.
OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith
The robot has 10 minutes to maneuver over the regolith
, traveling from its starting position, through the obstacle area, to the mining area, then returning to deposit the collected regolith
(at least 10 kg to qualify) into a collection bin.
In collaboration with National Centre ofExcellence in Geology, University of Peshawar (NCEG) conducted geophysical, geotechnical and topographic survey which revealed extent and profile of cracks, physical properties of rock formations and regolith
and proposed recommendations considering the findings offield studies.
Geared toward undergraduate and graduate student teams, the competition required teams to design and build a mining robot that could navigate a simulated Martian terrain, excavate as much simulated Martian regolith
(superficial material covering solid rock) and gravel as possible, and deposit the material into a collection bin.
Once we land a spacecraft on an asteroid, the next challenge will be liberating water from an asteroid's regolith
, the loose material that surrounds its rocky core.