October 20, 2020, 12:58

Intuitive Machines Company Wins Order to Search for Ice at Moon’s South Pole, NASA Says

Intuitive Machines Company Wins Order to Search for Ice at Moon’s South Pole, NASA Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A Texas high tech company has won a $47-million contract to search for frozen water resources at the South Pole of the Moon, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in a press release.

The delivery of the Polar Resources Ice Mining Experiment (PRIME-1) will help NASA search for ice at the Moon’s South Pole and for the first time extract ice from below the lunar surface, the release explained.

PRIME-1 will land on the Moon and drill up to three feet (about one meter) below the surface, then measure with a mass spectrometer how much ice in the sample is lost to sublimation as the ice turns from a solid to a vapor in the vacuum of the lunar environment, according to NASA.

Source: sputniknews.com

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