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Searching for lunar water: the Lunar Volatile Resources Analysis Package

Morse, A. D.; Barber, S. J.; Dewar, K. R.; Pillinger, J. M.; Sheridan, S.; Wright, I. P.; Gibson, E. K.; Merifield, J. A.; Howe, C. J.; Waugh, L. J. and Pillinger, C. T. (2012). Searching for lunar water: the Lunar Volatile Resources Analysis Package. In: 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 19-23 March 2012, Houston, Texas, USA.

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Abstract

The ESA Lunar Lander has been conceived to demonstrate an autonomous landing capability. Once safely on the Moon the scientific payload will conduct investigations aimed at preparing the way for human exploration. As part of the provisional payload an instrument known as The Lunar Volatile Resources Analysis Package (L-VRAP) will analyse surface and exospheric volatiles. The presence and abundance of lunar water is an important consideration for ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilisation) since this is likely to be part of a strategy for supporting long-term human exploration of the Moon.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Authors
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
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Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
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Item ID: 33722
Depositing User: Andrew Morse
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2012 08:15
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 19:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33722
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