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Tests conducted for NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS)
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JSC2008-E-139009 (18-31 Oct. 2008) --- During tests conducted for NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS) at Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona, engineers, geologists and astronauts came together to test NASA's new Lunar Electric Rover. Astronaut Mike Gernhardt can be seen through the window and geologist Brent Garry with the Smithsonian Institution is partially visible behind him in the vehicle. The pair spent three days inside the rover, going through the motions of a real three-day geological sortie on the moon. The tests showed that using a pressurized rover would enable astronauts to explore more territory on the lunar surface by allowing them to live for days at a time inside the rover as they travel greater distances from their habitat than would be possible in a non-pressurized rover. Photo Credit: NASA

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