(ORDO NEWS) — NASA has asked Astrobotic to delay the launch of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) VIPER until November 2024.
The delay will be used for additional testing of the Griffin lander to reduce the risks of the rover’s mission. For the delay, NASA will pay Astrobotic an additional $67.8 million.
The VIPER rover mission project was approved by NASA in 2019. Within its framework, a rover will be landed on the south pole of the moon, which will study the lunar soil in order to determine the amount of water ice contained in it.
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