NASA’s Sending a Rover Named VIPER to Map the Moon’s Ice Deposits

There’s white gold in them hills. NASA wants to know how much.

Popular Science
Nov 4 · 4 min read
An upcoming rover scans the lunar surface for signs of ice. Image: NASA Ames/Daniel Rutter

By Charlie Wood

Water here on Earth is, for the most part, a common and renewable resource. When reservoirs run low, rains eventually fill them back up again. On the moon, however, H2O works more like oil or gold —…

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