SLOPE is part of NASA’s Glenn Research Center, which is playing a key role in the space agency’s Artemis programme.

NASA said: “VIPER is a collaboration within and beyond the agency.

“NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is managing the project, leading the mission’s science, systems engineering, real-time rover surface operations and software.

“The rover’s instruments are provided by Ames, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and commercial partner, Honeybee Robotics in California.”

Under NASA’s Artemis mission, humans will return to the Moon for the first time since 1972.



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