NASA’s Lunar Exploration Robot Prototype – Scarab the Moon Drilling Rover

NASA's Scarab Prototype in Testing

NASA's Scarab Prototype in Testing

NASA’s Lunar rover prototype, Scarab, is designed to carry a drill and do exploratory drilling on the Moon. The rover is specially designed for the Moon’s surface and includes sophisticated tires designed to operate on the (pressure-less) Lunar surface and achieve high traction.

The drill can take samples of the Moons surface up to about one meter in depth. Once the sample is drilled, the rover crushes the sample and tests it with on-board lab equipment to determine how good the site may be for a future Moon base. The samples are tested for minerals as well as gases.

Watch this interesting video about Scarab’s mission and how it was designed.

3 responses to “NASA’s Lunar Exploration Robot Prototype – Scarab the Moon Drilling Rover”

  1. vincent sobremisana

    i’d like it

  2. Roy long

    How might I get a copy of this lunar drill video
    Thank you,
    Roy long

  3. Dan

    I believe programs exist that allow you to download the video file from Youtube.

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