Meet ‘Roo-ver:’ Australia’s 1st lunar rover headed to the moon as soon as 2026

Australia’s first lunar rover will be called “Roo-ver” following a public vote to name the space vehicle.

The Australian Space Agency is building a semi-autonomous rover that will launch to the moon as early as 2026 in partnership with NASA and the agency’s Artemis program. Roo-ver will collect lunar soil samples, from which NASA will attempt to extract oxygen — a key step toward establishing a sustainable human presence on the moon and producing rocket fuel to support future missions to Mars.