The launch of the VIPER (Volatiles Exploring Polar Exploration Rover) was postponed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Official NASA render: VIPER on the Moon
NASA had originally planned to launch a moon expedition in November 2023. The launch of VIPER is now scheduled for November 2024. This was done in order to reduce risk and to conduct additional tests on the lander before it is sent to the surface of Mars.
VIPER is a robotic all-terrain vehicle that can be used to detect and track objects. It should be an integral part of NASA Artemis, which has the goal of sending people to the Moon.
VIPER was designed to search the Moon’s surface for water ice. This will allow future NASA missions to find water ice on the Moon. They’ll also have information on where to look and what tools to use.