NAsa has asked american universities to come up with new technologies to help the space agency explore the moon in a sustainable way. Successful applicants will receive up to 2 million. USD (£ 1.5 million) from the newly launched lunar surface technology research (Lustr) to rapidly develop technologies in two main areas: finding and extracting water from the lunar ̵6;soil’ or regrolite, and developing power systems that will support the technology for long periods of time. nights.
Both are necessary for astronauts to stay on the moon for a long time. Water is essential for life support and can be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen for use as rocket fuel. Each lunar night equals 14 Earth days, so you will need reliable batteries as well as power distribution and control systems that can work well in the harsh lunar environment. Such energy systems will also be needed to extract water, most of which is thought to exist continuously in the shadow craters at the South Pole of the Moon.
Although the first human disembarkations are planned for 2024, it will only be a short stay. Sustainable lunar exploration is not expected to begin until 2028. Chandelier applications must be received by 12 August.