TITLE: NASA's Desert RATS: Desert Research & Technology Studies
SPEAKER: Jacob Bleacher
EVENT DATE: 02/14/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 79 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
The Black Point Lava Flow in northern Arizona offers a research haven for NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS) team of scientists and engineers, because this rough, dusty terrain, with its extreme temperatures that swing from hot to cold, resembles other places in the solar system. On this bleak landscape, NASA crews can test robotic systems and extravehicular equipment; adjust and improve their designs; and create effective procedures for solar-system exploration. NASA scientist Jacob Bleacher visited the Library of Congress to discuss "NASA's Desert RATS".
Speaker Biography: Jacob Bleacher is a research geophysicist in NASA's Science and Exploration Directorate at Goddard Space Flight Center.