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NASA tests moon exploration techniques in Hawaii

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:26 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2012

HILO >> NASA is conducting a nine-day field study in Hawaii to evaluate new techniques for exploring the moon. 

The research is being done at a site near Hilo with lava-covered mountain soil similar to the volcanic plains on the moon. 

The project will test a device designed to map the distribution of water ice on the moon and drill into the lunar surface. 

NASA said Tuesday the lessons it learns will become increasingly important as it embarks on deep-space missions. 

The agency says a human crew won’t have to launch into space with all the supplies it needs but could instead go knowing natural resources are waiting for them.

NASA is working with the Canadian Space Agency on the project. Hawaii’s Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems is assisting.  

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false wrote:
Not sure why this is news. NASA has been testing moon exploration techniques on Hawaii volcanoes since the 60s. Maybe because they are now talking about Mauna Kea instead of Haleakala?
on July 18,2012 | 07:53AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The embarrassment was that NASA used Kapiolani Boulevard to simulate the surface of the moon.
on July 18,2012 | 11:47AM
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