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What is Lunar Evacuation System?

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  1. Awareness in space.

What is Lunar Evacuation System?


What to study?

For prelims and mains: NASA’s moon mission, various components and LESA.


Context: Among preparations for NASA’s 2024 Moon mission, one has been to test a device called Lunar Evacuation System Assembly, or LESA.


What is LESA?

Developed by the European Space Agency (ESA), LESA is a pyramid-like structure whose purpose is to rescue an astronaut should he or she suffer an injury on the lunar surface.


How it works?

LESA can be operated by a single astronaut to rescue a fallen colleague. It enables an astronaut to lift their crewmate onto a mobile stretcher in less than 10 minutes, before carrying them to the safety of a nearby pressurised lander.


Sources: Indian Express.