What better way is there to understand the geology, history and environment of moons and planets than to see what they’re made of, up close and personal? But developing drills and sample acquisition systems that can operate on Mars, the moon, and other places in the Solar System ripe for exploration is a difficult task. The mechanisms involved must be robust, reliable and fault-tolerant, tough enough and smart enough to deal with high forces in a dusty, extreme-temperature, semi-uncontrolled environment.
That’s why we’re traveling around the world to find the most demanding locations to test our systems. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, with several deserts in between, we’re finding places that mimic Mars and celestial bodies that may harbor water, signs of life, clues to our origins, and maybe more.
It’s our pleasure to report from the field, and we’ll have progress and more from each of our five missions in 2012. Check out the links at the top for more information from each location.