The Transformative Lunar Science white paper is a recommendation from SSERVI scientists that provides a response to the question “What transformative lunar science issues can be addressed in the currently evolving space science era?”
SSERVI was requested by the NASA Science Mission Directorate SMD AA to produce white paper on key areas of lunar science in new era of lunar exploration. Senior lunar scientist and SSERVI PI Carle Pieters (Brown U.) led the team with experience in a wide range of lunar science dating back to the Apollo era; the team included an Apollo 15 astronaut and addressed human exploration relevance.
Areas addressed include:
* Establishing the period of giant planet migration
* Providing an absolute chronology for Solar System events
* Using accessible vantage from lunar far side to view the universe
* Understanding water cycles
* Characterizing the lunar interior
* Evaluating plasma interactions w/ surfaces
Additional focus was given to sustaining global leadership in lunar exploration, establishing lunar exploration infrastructure, coordinating planning & implementation of human/robotic partnerships, and optimizing commercial involvement. As this document was prepared for NASA, it emphasizes U.S. science and exploration programs; much of the future work in lunar science will be done in collaboration with international partners.
Although there are different examples that could be formulated, we hope it proves to be helpful as NASA proceeds with formulating plans for a return to the Moon.
For more information, read the full Transformative Lunar Science white paper here.
Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff