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RESOLVE for Lunar Polar Ice/Volatile Characterization MissionEver since data from the neutron spectrometer instrument on the Lunar Prospector mission indicated the possibility of significant concentrations of hydrogen at the lunar poles, speculation on the form and concentration of the hydrogen has been debated. The recent impact of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) along with thermal, topographic, neutron spectrometry, and radar frequency data obtained from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have provided more information suggesting significant amounts of water/ice and other volatiles may be available in the top 1 to 2 meters of regolith at the lunar poles. The next step in understanding what resources are available at the lunar poles is to perform a mission to obtain ground truth. data. To meet this need, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) along with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) have been working on a prototype payload known as the Regolith & Environment Science and Oxygen & Lunar Volatile Extraction experiment, or RESOLVE.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Sanders, G. B.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Larson, W. E.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Quinn, J. W.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Colaprete, A.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Picard, M.
(Canadian Space Agency Saint Hubert, Quebec, Canada)
Boucher, D.
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2011
Publication Information
Publication: EPSC Abstracts, EPSC-DPS2011-Preview
Volume: 6
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: European Planetary Science Congress 2011
Location: Nantes
Country: France
Start Date: October 2, 2011
End Date: October 7, 2011
Sponsors: American Astronomical Society
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 387498.01.10
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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