Nasa investigates if humans could live on the moon
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The rocket Atlas V it's going to be launched this Thursday
The north american space agency (NASA), it's going to launch next Thursday the rocket Atlas V, that will bring two new sattelites to the moon to study the possibilities of humans to populate the Moon.
The launch director Chuck Dovale has explained today in press conference that the robots mission is to "better recognize the terrain and the conditions of the environment to the human presence".
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will remain in the Moon's orbit and will send its equipments to the satellite to make the survey, while its scanning the lunar surface for safe landing zones, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment and to test new technology.
The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will lead an empty part of the rocket to a crater that it's permanently in shadow,in the dark side of the Moon, in search for proof of water presence in the lunar poles.
The scientists believe that if they find ice in the Moon, the water could be used for the survival of the astronauts and the future settlers, and as a source of fuel for explorations beyond the Moon.
This mission coincides with the 40th anniversary of the arrival of man to the Moon.
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