NASA To Launch VIPER In 2023

  • 26 May 2021

  • NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, is a mobile robot that will go to the South Pole of the Moon to get a close-up view of the location and concentration of water ice that could eventually be harvested to sustain human exploration on the Moon, Mars — and beyond.
  • VIPER is planned for delivery to the lunar surface in late 2023 under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program.
  • VIPER represents the first resource mapping mission on another celestial body.