One of the stops on NASA's way to the moon is the Arizona desert. The 2009 Desert RATS - or Research and Technology Studies - field test simulated a 14-day lunar mission. Two crew members - an astronaut and a geologist - lived for 14 days inside NASA's prototype Lunar Electric Rover, scouting the area for features of geological interest and conducting moonwalks as necessary to collect samples. Other prototype vehicles tested include Ames's K-10 robotic scout and JPL's Tri-Athlete cargo handling and manipulation system. For more information www.nasa.gov
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