Nasa has asked US universities to propose new technologies that will help the space agency conduct sustainable lunar exploration. Successful applicants will receive up to $ 2 million (£ 1.5 million) from the recently opened Luster Surface Technology study, the opportunity to rapidly develop technology in two key areas: finding and extracting water from lunar “soil”; or regolith, and energy development. systems that will support the technology for long moonlit nights.
Both are needed by astronauts to stay on the moon for a long time. Water is essential for life and can be separated into hydrogen and oxygen for use as rocket fuel. Each lunar night is equivalent to 14 days on Earth, so you will need reliable batteries, as well as energy distribution and control systems that can work well in harsh lunar radiation. Such power systems will also be needed to extract water, much of which is believed to exist in the permanently shaded craters near the moon’s south pole.
Although the first landings are scheduled for 2024, it will be only a short stay. It is expected that the constant exploration of menstruation will not begin until 2028. Applications for the Chandelier should be received by August 12.