If humans are going to establish a long-term presence on the Moon, they’ll need resources – and more than just water and oxygen. They’ll need metals, minerals and other materials sourced not only from Earth but also the lunar surface itself.
Mines student and faculty researchers are collaborating with industry partner Lunar Outpost to compete in NASA's Break the Ice Challenge for the chance to win $1.5 million in prizes to further develop an ice-digging lunar rover.
For the challenge, teams had to demonstrate the prototype systems they designed and built to move lunar regolith – or moon dust – from one area to another while also sorting out larger rocks from the finer particles
What’s the best way to transport dirt on the Moon? University students from around the world have been considering this challenge for months. Working versions of their solutions will be on display May 31-June 1 at Colorado School of Mines.