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NASA Continues Tests On Lunar Truck in Moses Lake

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. - NASA chose Moses Lake to test a lunar truck that will eventually be sent to the moon.

NASA Leaders said the atmosphere in Moses Lake is the closest to that of the moon that they could find.

There is an outpost set up for two weeks in dunes near the Grant County ORV Park.  They're conducting tests of the lunar truck that's expected to reach the moon in 2020.

NASA leaders say the soil and the open space of the area helped in making their decision on where to conduct the tests.

NASA Official Bill Bluethmann said, "This is a large facility where we can really get out and stretch our legs.  It has a wide variety of steep and narrow slopes, wide variety of consistent soils, soft sand has a little bit of firmer sand and it has some stuff that's almost fine."

Some people in town seemed surprised NASA chose Moses Lake as the place to do their testing.