NASA Helps Private Lander Shoot for the Moon

Astrobotic’s lunar landing program, launching in 2022, carries NASA and commercial payloads

Autonomous robots building the shelters and other structures astronauts need before they even land is an exciting idea, but is it practical? Testing such a venture on Earth won’t prove it can be done on the Moon: up there, dust might interfere with machine parts and low gravity influences performance. However, a realistic test will take place when Astrobotic’s Peregrine lands on the Moon.

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