Source: NASA

Authors: Andrea Lloyd, Rachel Barry

Published Date: Thu, 09 May 2024 19:44:56 +0000

Summary: NASA engineers, managers, and flight directors recently participated in a field geology course in northern Arizona to gain firsthand experience in lunar surface exploration. The two-and-a-half-day exercise, led by geology experts, aimed to create a common understanding among those building spacesuits, tools, and software systems for Artemis missions. Participants studied maps, formed hypotheses, and collected rock samples, mimicking the procedures Artemis astronauts will use on the Moon. This training helps uncover the physical history of an area, with the Moon preserving evidence of early planetary processes. The mission support teams practiced “flexecution,” adjusting plans based on real-time findings, a skill crucial for lunar exploration. Scientists in the science evaluation room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center will use real-time mission data and astronaut observations to address key science questions. This groundwork for lunar exploration will also prepare NASA for future missions to Mars, enhancing our understanding of the solar system.

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