NASA delays VIPER lunar rover's launch by one year

 NASA is delaying a major moon mission as it continues testing the spacecraft that will deliver

 a rover to the lunar surface in search of water, ice and other potential resources,

The launch of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, has been pushed back to November 2

The yearlong delay will allow for additional testing of the Griffin lunar lander -- built by Astroboti

NASA's deal with Astrobotic was reached through NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiativ

 which allows contracts with American companies "for payloads that advance capabilities for science

 the CLPS has awarded seven contracts to private U.S. companies for lunar deliveries

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