Robotic traverse and sample return strategies for a lunar farside mission to the Schrodinger basin

TitleRobotic traverse and sample return strategies for a lunar farside mission to the Schrodinger basin
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPotts N.J, Gullikson A.L, Curran N.M, Dhaliwal J.K, Leader M.K, Rege R.N, Klaus K.K, Kring D.A
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume55
Pagination1241-1254
Date Published2015/02
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0273-1177
Accession NumberWOS:000349570900021
Keywordsexploration; landing sites; Moon; Robotic mission; Schrodinger; surface
Abstract

Most of the highest priority objectives for lunar science and exploration (e.g., NRC, 2007) require sample return. Studies of the best places to conduct that work have identified Schrodinger basin as a geologically rich area, able to address a significant number of these scientific concepts. In this study traverses were designed for a robotic mission within previously identified crewed landing sites in Schrodinger basin. Traverse routes and sampling locations were identified using LROC imagery and LOLA topography data, combined with a theoretical rover travel and operations model. The findings of this investigation highlight the need to consider increased rover capabilities. A significant number of samples that can address many of the NRC (2007) scientific goals can be returned in a robotic mission during one period of lunar illumination (similar to 14 Earth days) using specifications from previous lunar rovers. (C) 2014 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.asr.2014.11.028
Short TitleAdv. Space Res.
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