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Prospecting for Polar Volatiles: Results from the Resolve Field
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Author and Affiliation:
Elphic, Richard C.(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States);
Colarprete, Anthony(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States);
Deans, Matthew C.(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States);
Heldman, Jennifer(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States);
Sanders, Gerald B.(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States);
Larson, William E.(QinetiQ North America, Kennedy Space Center, FL, United States)
Abstract: Both the Moon and Mercury evidently host ice and other volatile compounds in cold traps at the planets poles. Determining the form, spatial distribution, and abundance of these volatiles at the lunar poles can help us understand how and when they were delivered and emplaced. This bears directly on the delivery of water and prebiotic compounds to the inner planets over the solar system s history, and also informs plans for utilizing the volatiles as resources for sustained human exploration as well as the commercial development of space. Temperature models and orbital data suggest near-surface volatile concentrations may exist at polar locations not strictly in permanent shadow. Remote operation of a robotic lunar rover mission for the 7-10 days of available sunlight would permit key questions to be answered. But such a short, quick-tempo mission has unique challenges and requires a new concept of operations. Both science and rover operations decisionmaking must be done in real time, requiring immediate situational awareness, data analysis, and decision support tools.
Publication Date: Mar 18, 2013
Document ID:
20130011623
(Acquired Mar 29, 2013)
Subject Category: SPACE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number: ARC-E-DAA-TN7567
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) 2013; 18-22 Mar. 2013; The Woodlands, TX; United States
Meeting Sponsor: Lunar and Planetary Inst.; Houston, TX, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNK11EA08B; WBS 017553.04.02.02.03
Financial Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Organization Source: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Description: 2p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: COLD TRAPS; DECISION MAKING; ICE; MERCURY (PLANET); MOON; POSITION (LOCATION); REAL TIME OPERATION; SITUATIONAL AWARENESS; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION; SUNLIGHT; WATER
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