NEWS IN BRIEF

Sky at Night Magazine - - BULLETIN -

NASA plans lu­nar rover NASA has an­nounced a new lu­nar rover that will help pave the way for its Artemis mis­sion. The Vo­latiles In­ves­ti­gat­ing Po­lar Ex­plo­ration Rover (VIPER) will be the size of a golf cart and will look for wa­ter at the Moon’s south­ern pole us­ing a 1m-long drill. It’s ex­pected to land in De­cem­ber 2022 and spend at least 100 days on the lu­nar sur­face.

Saturn’s new moons Twenty new moons have been dis­cov­ered in or­bit around Saturn, tak­ing the to­tal up to 82. “We are now com­plet­ing the in­ven­tory of small moons around the gi­ant plan­ets,” says Scott Shep­pard from the Carnegie In­sti­tu­tion for Sci­ence. “They play a cru­cial role in help­ing us de­ter­mine how our So­lar Sys­tem’s plan­ets evolved.”

Dark en­ergy in­ves­ti­ga­tor An in­stru­ment ca­pa­ble of look­ing at 5,000 gal­ax­ies ev­ery 20 min­utes be­gan op­er­a­tion on 27 Oc­to­ber. The Dark En­ergy Spec­tro­scopic In­stru­ment (DESI) will look at over 30 mil­lion gal­ax­ies to mea­sure how fast they are mov­ing away, cre­at­ing a map of how the Uni­verse is ex­pand­ing to help re­searchers in­ves­ti­gate dark en­ergy.

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