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    Lunar exploration: opening a window into the history and evolution of the inner Solar System

    Crawford, Ian and Joy, K.H. (2014) Lunar exploration: opening a window into the history and evolution of the inner Solar System. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 372 (2024), pp. 1-21. ISSN 1364-503X.

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    Abstract

    The lunar geological record contains a rich archive of the history of the inner Solar System, including information relevant to understanding the origin and evolution of the Earth-Moon system, the geological evolution of rocky planets, and our local cosmic environment. This paper provides a brief review of lunar exploration to-date, and describes how future exploration initiatives will further advance our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon, the Earth-Moon system, and of the Solar System more generally. It is concluded that further advances will require the placing of new scientific instruments on, and the return of additional samples from, the lunar surface. Some of these scientific objectives can be achieved robotically, for example by in situ geochemical and geophysical measurements and through carefully targeted sample return missions. However, in the longer term, we argue that lunar science would greatly benefit from renewed human operations on the surface of the Moon, such as would be facilitated by implementing the recently proposed Global Exploration Roadmap.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): lunar exploration, lunar science, Earth–Moon system, origin of the Moon
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences > UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences
    Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Professor Ian A. Crawford
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 06:53
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2019 22:52
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10416

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