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Exploration Imagery
Tests conducted for NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS)
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JSC2008-E-139952 (18-31 Oct. 2008) --- When tests conducted for NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS) at Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona brought together engineers, geologists and astronauts to test NASA's new Lunar Electric Rover, the evaluations were no respecters of time of day, exemplified by this dusk or dawn scene. Astronaut Mike Gernhardt and geologist Brent Garry with the Smithsonian Institution 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 an non-pressurized rover. Photo Credit: NASA

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