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The moon

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 221–230 | Cite as

Objectives and requirements of unmanned rover exploration of the Moon

  • D. B. Nash
  • J. E. Conel
  • F. P. Fanale
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Abstract

The scientific value of unmanned rovers for continued lunar exploration is considered in light of Apollo findings which suggest that the Moon's surface is more heterogeneous than expected. A set of major questions and investigations involving composition, internal structure, and thermal history are presented that form a scientific rationale for use of unmanned rovers in the post-Apollo period of lunar exploration. Visual, petrologic, chemical and geophysical measurements that are essential for an unmanned rover traverse over previously unexplored lunar terrain are discussed. Unmanned rovers are well-suited for low-cost, low-risk preliminary reconnaissance where measurement of a few definitive parameters over a wide area is more important than obtaining a wide array of detailed results at a given site.

Keywords

Internal Structure Wide Area Thermal History Detailed Result Major Question 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. B. Nash
    • 1
  • J. E. Conel
    • 1
  • F. P. Fanale
    • 1
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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