Lunar Surface Reference Missions: A Description of Human and Robotic Surface Activities Michael B. Duke

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Published: September 9th 2015

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Lunar Surface Reference Missions: A Description of Human and Robotic Surface Activities  by  Michael B. Duke

Lunar Surface Reference Missions: A Description of Human and Robotic Surface Activities by Michael B. Duke
September 9th 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: | 3.18 Mb

The exploration of the Moon first undertaken in 1950s and culminating with Apollo between 1969- 1972 contributed immensely to our understanding of the Moon, its early history, its relationship to the Earth and its place in our solar system. It alsoMoreThe exploration of the Moon first undertaken in 1950s and culminating with Apollo between 1969- 1972 contributed immensely to our understanding of the Moon, its early history, its relationship to the Earth and its place in our solar system.

It also formed the basis for many new questions about the Moon as a planet and provided stimulating conceptualization of a future role of the Moon in the human exploration of space and the potential commercial development of space. Immediately following the Apollo program’s termination, the next phase of lunar exploration was perceived to be a Lunar Polar Orbiter, an orbiting remote sensing program, to understand the chemistry and mineralogy of the Moon on a global basis.

Over twenty years later, the Department of Defense’s Clementine mission and NASA’s Lunar Prospector mission began to address these global mapping issues.Scientifically, the new data from Clementine and Lunar Prospector have shown that the Moon is more complex than was appreciated following the Apollo missions. It is now clear that important geochemical provinces exist that must be related to the early history of the Moon and that can provide important information on the evolution of rocky planets like the Earth. Following the SMART-1 and SELENE missions, the next steps in lunar exploration will once more require surface missions, both robotic and human, to continue the detailed study of important planetary problems such as the nature of initial planetary melting and segregation into core, mantle and crust and the early bombardment history of the Moon (and Earth).

Many other scientific objectives can be uniquely or most effectively accomplished on the surface of the Moon.The organization of this book begins with a description of several major objectives of renewed exploration of the Moon: (1) Scientific exploration- (2) Determining the suitability of the Moon as the basis for astronomical and other observations- (3) Developing technology and conducting tests relevant to long-term human stays on the Moon- (4) Developing technology and conducting tests of technical and human systems relevant to the human exploration of Mars and beyond- (5) Testing technologies and conducting investigations that can lead to economically beneficial activities on the moon- and (6) Understanding the conditions under which crew health, safety and performance and effective facility operations can be extended for long-duration missions.

For each of these areas, the rationale for the activities, their scope and scale, how they might be accomplished, and the functions required to conduct them, are provided.163 pages, dozens of photographs, drawings, illustrations and charts, many in full color.This is a Print Replica that maintains the formatting and layout of the original edition and offers many of the advantages of standard Kindle books.



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