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Resource Prospector: Evaluating the ISRU Potential of the Lunar Poles
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Author and Affiliation:
Colaprete, A.(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Elphic, R.(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Andrews, D.(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Trimble, J.(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Bluethmann, B.(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States)
Quinn, J.(NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Chavers, G.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: Resource Prospector (RP) is a lunar volatiles prospecting mission being developed for potential flight in CY2021-2022. The mission includes a rover-borne payload that (1) can locate surface and near-subsurface volatiles, (2) excavate and analyze samples of the volatile-bearing regolith, and (3) demonstrate the form, extractability and usefulness of the materials. The primary mission goal for RP is to evaluate the In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) potential of the lunar poles.
Publication Date: Oct 10, 2017
Document ID:
20170012218
(Acquired Dec 19, 2017)
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION; MAN/SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SUPPORT
Report/Patent Number: ARC-E-DAA-TN47204
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) Annual Meeting; 10-12 Oct. 2017; Columbia, MD; United States
Meeting Sponsor: Lunar and Planetary Inst.; Houston, TX, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Organization Source: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright; Work of the U.S. Government - Public use permitted
NASA Terms: LUNAR PROSPECTOR; VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; SAMPLES; EXCAVATION; IN SITU RESOURCE UTILIZATION; EXPLORATION; SURFACE PROPERTIES; PAYLOADS; GROUND TRUTH; HYDRATION; HAZARDS; REGOLITH
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