Space exploration does not stop. During the next years the missions will multiply and from NASA it is continued investigating in how to deal with some of the problems that can be faced in missions that aim to work on the surface of the Moon, and maybe in the future on Mars.
At NASA they have the Artemis manned travel program in which they seek to develop technology to work on the lunar surface and where they campaign for researchers to submit ideas that may be useful. One of the last calls made has been for optimize the robots in charge of digging on the Moon by means of the so-called cube drums of RASSOR (Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot).
Being able to dig on the surface of the Moon is a big problem where it adds to the surface conditions having to transport all the machinery, to move as little as possible -to save fuel- and dig as vertical as possible.
The winner of the last call was a Caleb Clausing invention that uses a passive door to trap and displace large amounts of land. Although you must face corrosion problem which causes moon dust.
Now a long process of testing will begin before this type of machinery is sent to the Moon. As in all space missions, in addition to testing the feasibility and the real possibilities of its use, then its use must be adjusted to a specific mission, and the reality is that few are being made today on the Moon.
In any case, after a period in which NASA had stopped a large part of its future projects, it seems that it is stepping on the gas again on new missions, both our own and in agreements with companies like Space X. We will see if we soon start to see results.
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