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Our World: Digging in Moon Dirt [Archived]

Our World: Digging in Moon Dirt [Archived]

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Digging on the moon's surface poses several challenges. Unlike dirt found here on earth, moon dirt is razor sharp and very fine so researchers must design a machine that can dig moon dirt without destroying the machine. This NASA video takes you behind the scenes at the NASA lunar backhoe competition where researchers compete to find out who has made the most efficient machine. [Archived 2014 - Not all missions make it from design to launch. These archived videos describe missions that that would have taken humans back to the moon and unmanned aerial vehicles to Mars. While the actual missions were aborted, the technology and science behind the missions pushed innovation to new levels.]

Published on: March 11, 2013

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