The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Xylem Inc., (White Plains, New York) a $300,000 contract to provide special mass spectrometry technology with a goal of detecting water on the moon.
NASA is currently developing a rover-based system under its Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction, or RESOLVE, program to analyze moon dust for water and other chemical compounds on a possible future mission. Xylem will provide a miniaturized sector-field mass spectrometer that incorporates its technology for the detection of water and other target compounds.
“We are delighted that NASA has awarded Xylem this contract to help them further explore the moon,” said Chris McIntire, president of Xylem Analytics. “We are proud to be part of NASA’s continuing lunar exploration.”