January 21, 2010

Reporters Invited To ‘Dig It’ With NASA In Hawaii

Reporters are invited to field tests of NASA equipment and concept vehicles that demonstrate how explorers might prospect for resources and make their own oxygen for survival while on other planetary bodies. The demonstrations will take place Thursday, Feb. 4, starting at 9 a.m. HST, outside of Hilo, Hawaii.

Journalists will be able to observe and photograph tests of prototype rovers designed to prospect for ice in craters and systems to manufacture oxygen from soil. Engineers involved in the systems' development will be available for interviews.

Reporters should contact Kimberly Land at 757-746-4749 ([email protected]), or Ashley Edwards at 202-358-1756 ([email protected]) by Friday, Jan.22, to attend. Access to the test site requires an escort and a letter of assignment on company letterhead for credentials.

This second round of Hawaii field tests highlights international collaboration. U.S., Canadian, and German scientists and engineers will test concepts for survival, transportation, communication, fuel production, and construction on other planetary bodies. The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, or PISCES, at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, hosts the collaborative mission.

NASA's In Situ Resource Utilization project develops methods for explorers to take advantage of resources at potential landing sites. For more information about NASA's exploration plans, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

For more information about PISCES, visit: http://pisces.uhh.hawaii.edu