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    Lunar Net—a proposal in response to an ESA M3 call in 2010 for a medium sized mission

    Smith, Alan and Crawford, Ian and Gowen, R.A. and Ambrosi, R. and Anand, M. and Banerdt, B. and Bannister, N. and Bowles, N. and Braithwaite, C. and Brown, P. and Chela-Flores, J. and Cholinser, T. and Church, P. and Coates, Andrew J. and Colaprete, T. and Collins, G. and Collinson, G. and Cook, T. and Elphic, R. and Fraser, G. and Gao, Y. and Gibson, E. and Glotch, T. and Grande, M. and Griffiths, A. and Grygorczuk, J. and Gudipati, M. and Hagermann, A. and Heldmann, J. and Hood, L.L. and Jones, A.P. and Joy, K.H. and Khavroshkin, O.B. and Klingelhoefer, G. and Knapmeyer, M. and Kramer, G. and Lawrence, D. and Marczewski, W. and McKenna-Lawlor, S. and Miljkovic, K. and Narendranath, S. and Palomba, E. and Phipps, A. and Pike, W.T. and Pullan, D. and Rask, J. and Richard, D.T. and Seweryn, K. and Sheridan, S. and Sims, M. and Sweeting, M. and Swindle, T. and Talboys, D. and Taylor, L. and Teanby, N. and Tong, V. and Ulamec, S. and Wawrzaszek, R. and Wieczorek, M. and Wilson, L. and Wright, I. (2012) Lunar Net—a proposal in response to an ESA M3 call in 2010 for a medium sized mission. Experimental Astronomy 33 (2), pp. 587-644. ISSN 0922-6435.

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    Abstract

    Emplacement of four or more kinetic penetrators geographically distributed over the lunar surface can enable a broad range of scientific exploration objectives of high priority and provide significant synergy with planned orbital missions. Whilst past landed missions achieved a great deal, they have not included a far-side lander, or investigation of the lunar interior apart from a very small area on the near side. Though the LCROSS mission detected water from a permanently shadowed polar crater, there remains in-situ confirmation, knowledge of concentration levels, and detailed identification of potential organic chemistry of astrobiology interest. The planned investigations will also address issues relating to the origin and evolution of the Earth–Moon system and other Solar System planetary bodies. Manned missions would be enhanced with use of water as a potential in-situ resource; knowledge of potential risks from damaging surface Moonquakes, and exploitation of lunar regolith for radiation shielding. LunarNet is an evolution of the 2007 LunarEX proposal to ESA (European Space Agency) which draws on recent significant advances in mission definition and feasibility. In particular, the successful Pendine full-scale impact trials have proved impact survivability for many of the key technology items, and a penetrator system study has greatly improved the definition of descent systems, detailed penetrator designs, and required resources. LunarNet is hereby proposed as an exciting stand-alone mission, though is also well suited in whole or in-part to contribute to the jigsaw of upcoming lunar missions, including that of a significant element to the ILN (International Lunar Network).

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 15:04
    Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 13:36
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15208

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