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Newswise — NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge funds eight university teams to work on lunar payloads and study the Moon’s darkest reaches. A student team at Michigan Technological University takes their rover technology to the “dark side”. Not for evil — the polar craters where the moon holds the closest source of extraterrestrial water are permanently shadowed. Getting to the frozen deposits and studying those polar craters are two of NASA’s goals in the Artemis Project.

The Michigan Tech team’s project is called T-REX, short for the Tethered permanently-shadowed Region EXplorer. The rover that lays down lightweight, superconducting cable connected to a lander and can serve as a recharging hub and communication relay for other robots, providing continuous power without direct sunlight.

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