VIPER, which stands for Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, is set to explore the ice at six points in the Nobile (pronounced no-bee-lay) crater. VIPER will study measures 36 square miles (93 square kilometres), and the bot will trundle over roughly 10 to 15 miles (16 to 24 km) during its 100-day mission. Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA HQ, said during a press conference on Monday that VIPER was the space agency’s “first resource mapping mission" of its kind. The goal is to search for frozen water and other resources at and below the surface to harvest for human exploration of the Moon, she added.
Source: The Register