According to foreign media reports, NASA will return to the moon -- NASA manned spacecraft will return to the moon soon. No one knows for sure whether the space agency will send humans to the surface of the moon by the 2024 "deadline," but these human and robotic missions will happen whenever they begin. NASA's newest lunar rover Viper now has a very special mission in front of it, which will be sent to the south pole of the moon in search of water.
It is understood that this lunar rover is equipped with special hardware, it needs to sample and test the materials it encounters, and it will also be equipped with something that NASA has never had before: headlights.
It's hard to believe that NASA has launched so much high-tech hardware into places like Mars that it has never equipped its rover with headlights. What you can see now, however, is that viper will be the first Rover to have lights.
NASA has a very good reason for this: "in extreme cases of light and dark found on the moon, shadow areas and bright areas can form such a strong contrast that any outline in the landscape is invisible in the dark. To navigate the world, viper's Rover pilots will rely on the rover's headlights and camera systems to avoid boulders, descend from steep craters, and avoid other potentially fatal hazards. "
Obviously, if that's a good idea, NASA needs to make sure the rover knows where it is going and doesn't hit any craters, but it has to be tested before NASA is sure that the robot's glowing eyes will work as planned. In NASA's California Institute's simulated lunar landscape, scientists there are trying to improve the design of headlights to maximize their potential to light up the way for lunar vehicles
"We face the same challenges as any automotive designer," NASA's Uland Wong said in a statement. Whether it's a Rover or a next-generation sedan, poor lighting means drivers can't see the details of the landscape. We have to pay special attention to these challenges on the moon, because once Viper gets there, it will never come back. "
At present, Viper has not set a launch date, which is the status quo of many high-profile lunar missions to be carried out by NASA. However, when the rover does fly into the sky and land at the moon's south pole, it is ready to illuminate its path.