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Dataset: Extreme Access & Lunar Ice Mining in Permanently Shadowed Craters
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Updated 12 Nov 2020

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The dataset on this page is a cache of the dataset https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/extreme-access-lunar-ice-mining-in-permanently-shadowed-craters. It is a snapshot of the dataset as it appeared on 06 Jun 2021 22:29 GMT. The current dataset could have changed in the meantime. Attribution: Contains data retrieved from Data.gov.

Results from the recent NASA Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, mission in 2010, indicate that water (H2O), ice and other useful volatiles such as Carbon Monoxide (CO), and Helium (He) are present in the permanently shadowed craters at the poles of the moon. However, the extreme topography and steep slopes of the crater walls make access a significant challenge. In addition temperatures have been measured at 40K (-233 C) so quick access and exit is desirable before the mining robot cold soaks. The Global Exploration Roadmap lists extreme access as a necessary technology for Lunar Exploration. During the last 10 years, mis­sions to the moon have revealed locations where ice water could be located beneath the surface. The moon is not flat, but has permanently shadowed craters at the north and south poles that hold ice water and volatiles. The Shackleton crater at the south pole of the Moon is a very compelling target. Researchers think that up to 22 percent of...

Dataset:Extreme Access & Lunar Ice Mining in Permanently Shadowed Craters
Provider:National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Created:12/11/2020
Updated:12/11/2020
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Country:United States of America

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