NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Andre Douglas push a tool cart loaded with lunar tools through the San Francisco Volcanic Field north of Flagstaff, Arizona, as they practice moonwalking operations for Artemis III. NASA/Josh Valcarcel

Source: NASA

Authors: Victoria Ugalde, NASA Communications

Published Date: Tue, 14 May 2024 17:26:05 +0000

Summary: To prepare for the Artemis missions, NASA is conducting a week-long field test in the San Francisco Volcanic Field in Arizona to simulate moonwalk scenarios. Astronauts Kate Rubins and Andre Douglas, equipped with mockup spacesuits, are performing various technology demonstrations and science operations. The test involves two teams: a field team in Arizona conducting the simulated moonwalks and a control team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center guiding their activities. The simulation includes four moonwalks and six technology demonstrations, such as augmented reality displays and navigation beacons. This field test, the most comprehensive yet, aims to identify gaps and improve protocols for future Artemis missions, focusing on operations at the lunar South Pole.

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