RESOLVE rover prototype. Source
NASA has come up with another exciting and ambitious mission. It seems like everything space-related is happening after 2015, especially with the announcement of this new mission due to take off in 2017. The Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) mission is NASA's newest project aimed at finding water and other materials on the Moon. This intrepid little rover will scour the Moon's surface for nine days, digging up samples to test for hydrogen, water, and other useful substances to test the viability and usefulness of the lunar resources. This project comes with a tight budget, however, only $250 million, including the rocket trip. Because of these limitations, RESOLVE will be a short-lived rover and will have to survive off of solar power. But I, for one, and excited about the prospects offered by RESOLVE. I'll be sure to keep you posted.