Practicing for the Moon

Here’s a picture of NASA’s Lunar Electric Rover getting ready to practice docking with some lunar habitat mockups. Test engineers at the Johnson Space Center spent the day recently seeing how the rover docked with different habitat configurations. The one you see in the picture hasn’t been tested yet, but is called the Toroidal Habitat Mockup. It’s basically a giant plywood mockup of an inflatable donut-shaped habitat that is giving the teams ideas of what will work best on the moon.

7 thoughts on “Practicing for the Moon”

  1. THANKS FOR THE PHOTO NASA WE NEED TO SEE MORE OF THIS AREA DEVELOPMENT . I’AM AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEER AND DRAFTSMEN IN TECHNICAL SCIENCES IN TODAYS JOB REAL WORLD . IT IS A DESIRE OF MINE TO DESIGNE SPACE PROJECTS SUCH AS TECHNICALLY ADVANCED HABITTATES FOR SCIENCE EXPLORATION AND HUMAN NEEDS FULLY. THIS IS A GOOD SIMPLE FIELD CONSTRUCTION AND SELF PROTECTION DOOR WAY TO HOME EARTH ENVIRONMENT.ON THE MOON MARS THE MATERIAL AND COMPOUND COMPONINTS OF ARE THE MOST TECHNICAL ADVANCED SELF PROTENTION WALL SEVERAL TYPES OF SPACE NONE HUMAN CONSTRUCTION TO OUTSIDE HABITATE INVIRONMENT.
    THANK YOU ;NASA
    FROM:WILLIAM E. PEREZ
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  2. Going to be interesting what final design NASA goes for. All I hope is that we get *live camera feeds* from the moon..hint hint!

  3. this thing is amazing! it would be soooo cool to go inside and ”bounce” around! this invention is fantastic and deserves great praise! good job crew! i <3 nasa!!!

  4. Great job, NASA, and great photography!

    The questions is will Rover dock directly to Altair? As we all know according new concept (and it’s absolutely brilliant idea) there is no EVA suite inside of habitats anymore (which means there is no moon dust!). Moonwalk EVA suits will be attached outside of Altair same way they attached to Rover as we can see it now. Perhaps NASA plans to have a pressurized tunnel connecting the Rover’s and Altair’s external hatches, but it seems hardly practical since complexity of such device and some safety issues. The idea of docking directly to moon habitats is excellent!

  5. Me, I’m no engineer, but the working prototypes for the Moon rover seem like they would be top-heavy. In the Moon’s lighter gravity, wouldn’t it be more susceptible to tipping over? Or is there some sort of counterbalance system?

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