NASA collaborates with Draper Labs to deliver payloads to the Moon under the Artemis mission

The US space agency, NASA, has selected Draper Labs engineering laboratories in Massachusetts to take the scientific investigations of Artemis to the far side of the moon in 2025. Draper was awarded the contract to conduct experiments as part of the NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative under Artemis. mission. Draper will use his SERIES-2 lander to transport the payload. It has been tasked with end-to-end delivery services including payload integration, Earth to Moon delivery, and payload operations.

The lab received $73 million (nearly Rs. 580 crore) from NASA for the work. “This delivery of the lunar surface to a geographic region on the Moon that is not visible from Earth will allow science to take place in a location of interest but far from the first Artemis human landing missions. Understanding geophysical activity on the far side of the Moon will give us a deeper understanding of our solar system and provide information to help us prepare for Artemis astronaut missions to the lunar surface,” said Joel Kearns, deputy associate administrator for exploration at the NASA Science Mission. Directory in Washington.

The experiments will hit a large lunar impact crater known as the Schrodinger Basin. The geological site measures 200 meters in diameter and is located near the lunar South Pole. The outer ring of the basin is formed by impact-melted meteorites, while the inner ring features smooth-bottom deposits that may be a combination of volcanic and impact-melted material.

The Schrödinger Basin is one of the newly formed basins on the Moon’s surface. Its impact had lifted the deep crust and upper mantles of the Moon in its maximum ring. Scientists aim to study the thermal and geophysical properties of the Moon’s interior along with the electrical and magnetic properties at the landing site that remains shielded from Earth’s electromagnetic fields.

Draper Labs will deliver three experiments to Moon with a collective weight of about 95 kilograms. Two of the three experiments are part of NASA’s Surface Research and Payloads on the Moon (PRISM) call for proposals.

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