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ARCHIVE: Our World: NASA's Lunar Electric Rover
Living and traveling on the moon requires specialized technology. NASA's plans to return to the moon have changed, but learn more about past ideas for lunar transportation watching this video.
Real World: Changing the Way We Explore New Worlds
NASA engineers are using a unique new technology to overcome the challenges of entry, descent, and landing on a planetary body with an atmosphere. See how Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators, or HIADs, can be used to land larger rovers at higher altitudes or safely bring cargo from the ISS back to Earth.
Real World: TriATHLETE - The Engineering Design Process in Action
See the engineering design process in action at Desert RATS, or Research and Technology Studies, in Arizona. Learn about the next generation of the ATHLETE vehicle. See how the original design changed to allow a split into two robots and the addition of unique tools for exploration.
Learn about the NASA spinoff Gigapan, an intelligent tripod that allows photographers to stitch photos for a dramatic panoramic view. See how NASA first used this technology on Mars. Find out how high school students can get involved with NASA
ARCHIVE: Launchpad: Multifunctional Equipment for Moon Missions
NASA's plans to return to the moon have changed, but the ideas and innovations considered for lunar exploration advanced technology. Learn about weight and mass and the testing of tools and equipment that could be used to explore other worlds.
NASA 360: 21st Century Lunar Exploration
This episode of NASA 360 looks at how NASA tests the equipment needed for our return to the moon. Highlights include: the lunar truck Chariot, NASA's All Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer, or ATHLETE, the rover Scarab and new suits for astron