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Home Robotic systems engineer Emily McBryan runs a test of one element of the design that will keep Moon dust out of the wheel components of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, Feb. 3, 2020, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The whole wheel unit is shrouded in a flexible, protective cover that will both insulate it from the cold on the Moon and seal it against dust. (NASA/James Blair) Robotic systems engineer Emily McBryan runs a test of one element of the design that will keep Moon dust out of the wheel components of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, Feb. 3, 2020, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The whole wheel unit is shrouded in a flexible, protective cover that will both insulate it from the cold on the Moon and seal it against dust. (NASA/James Blair)

Robotic systems engineer Emily McBryan runs a test of one element of the design that will keep Moon dust out of the wheel components of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, Feb. 3, 2020, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The whole wheel unit is shrouded in a flexible, protective cover that will both insulate it from the cold on the Moon and seal it against dust. (NASA/James Blair)

Robotic systems engineer Emily McBryan runs a test of one element of the design that will keep Moon dust out of the wheel components of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, Feb. 3, 2020, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The whole wheel unit is shrouded in a flexible, protective cover that will both insulate it from the cold on the Moon and seal it against dust. (NASA/James Blair)

Robotic systems engineer Emily McBryan runs a test of one element of the design that will keep Moon dust out of the wheel components of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, Feb. 3, 2020, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The whole wheel unit is shrouded in a flexible, protective cover that will both insulate it from the cold on the Moon and seal it against dust. (NASA/James Blair)

Robotics engineer Jason Schuler performs a preliminary test to prepare for dust testing of various seals for the wheel motors on NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, March 17, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test takes place in a bin holding more than 120 tons of simulated lunar regolith – loose dirt, dust and rock – that is used to help simulate the properties of the lunar surface. (NASA/Cory Huston)