Surviving the lunar night—14 days of darkness and temperatures as low as -183C (-298F)—has become a primary focus for NASA as it looks to return to the Moon and stay for longer than the few days humans have so far spent on the surface. Finding ways to enable long-duration missions has become an “important problem” for NASA, says Lee Mason, principal technologist for power and energy storage at NASA Glenn Research Center. “If we are going to go back to the Moon, ...

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