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.
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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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.
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