Australia is going to the Moon in the form of a semi-autonomous, Australian-made rover. 

Roo-ver, the name of the nation's first lunar rover, will go to the Moon later this decade with NASA as part of a future Artemis mission. 

Two Australian industry consortia – AROSE and ELO2 – are working on early-stage rover concepts as part of Stage One of the Agency's Moon to Mars initiative’s Trailblazer program.

Today, the Australian Space Agency released a video series capturing the pioneering work being undertaken in one of the country's most advanced robotics programs.

Three key themes have emerged during Stage One of Trailblazer - capability, history and teamwork - with the program showcasing the diverse range of talent and industries that are coming together to make history.  

Advancing National Capability

History in the Making


First-hand stories from the teams

What's Stage Two of the Trailblazer program?

Stage Two will see one consortium selected to develop the fully realised Roo-ver that will go to the Moon within this decade. 

The rover is being built to collect lunar soil from the Moon and deliver it to a NASA payload, which will attempt to extract oxygen from the sample. This is a major step towards a sustainable human presence on the Moon and one that could support future missions to Mars.


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