The Polish Space Agency (POLSA) and NASA have signed a cooperation agreement paving the way for Polish participation in the exploration of the Moon, Mars and other celestial bodies, POLSA told PAP on Tuesday.
Regolith is a layer of loose deposits covering solid rock on the surface of the Earth and Moon, as well as certain other celestial bodies. On the Moon, its thickness can vary from around 5 metres to 10 metres on highland surfaces.
Experts from the Solar System Resources Corporation estimate that 200 tonnes of Helium-3 would be enough to satisfy the annual energy needs of the world’s population.
The object called 2020 CD3 and measuring just a few metres in diameter, entered Earth's orbit about three years ago. The ‘mini-moon’ circles the Earth every 47 days but is slipping from Earth’s gravitational pull and in few months will leave us.
The app from Polish start up Immersion, in conjunction with NATO and the Smithsonian Institute places users right in the action of NASA’s space missions of the 1960s. They can launch their own Saturn V rocket, sit inside the Lunar Command Module of Apollo 11 and explore the lunar landscape.
In six years' time an excavator designed by experts from the Space Research Centre of the Polish Institute of Sciences (CBK PAN) will be used on the moon. Testing of the equipment is due to start in Warsaw next month.
Photo Gallery: A seven-metre wide moon has lit up the sky over Warsaw’s Vistula Boulevards.
Testing if maggots can breed without gravity is one of the tasks scientists chosen to live in the Mars-like environment are required to carry out.