ATHLETE climbs a hill near Meteor Crater, Arizona.
(Reprinted from JPL News. For the original article, click here)
NASA has announced which agency centers will take responsibility for specific work to enable astronauts to explore the moon. The new assignments cover elements of the lunar lander and lunar surface operations.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will take the lead for specific robotic surface mobility efforts. An example is the All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (known as ATHLETE). JPL will also provide a broad range of support for lunar lander design.
NASA's Constellation Program is working to send astronauts to the moon, where a lunar outpost will be established to support long-term exploration of the moon and, eventually, Mars.