WATCH: NASA Astronauts Test Out Spacesuits, Tools Needed For Future Moon Exploration
By NASA // July 2, 2020
NASA will land astronauts on the Moon by 2024
ABOVE VIDEO: Preparing to explore the surface of the Moon goes well beyond designing and building safe spacecraft and spacesuits. (NASA video)
(NASA) – Preparing to explore the surface of the Moon goes well beyond designing and building safe spacecraft and spacesuits.
NASA also has to ensure the surface vehicles and suits have the mobility required to do science, and that astronauts have the tools they need to identify and scoop up rock and soil samples.
Additionally, NASA astronauts are trained in geology, spending countless hours practicing doing science at locations on Earth that resemble regions they might see on the Moon.
All this is done in an effort to establish a long-term presence on the Moon and to help answer some outstanding science questions about the history of Earth and of the solar system.
Some scientists have suggested that microorganisms could have existed on the Moon, possibly carried there by meteorites from Earth.
Others have also proposed combing through lunar soil for elements, including ancient nitrogen or oxygen, from Earth, which could fill in gaps in knowledge about things like the development of Earth’s atmosphere.