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Fraser
2005-Apr-29, 05:27 PM
SUMMARY: Before the first human steps foot on the Moon again, robots will have already done the ground work, searching out sources of water ice that could be used for fuel, air, and growing plants. The first will be the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled for launch in 2008. It will carry 6 different instruments, and map out the surface of the Moon in high detail. Approximately one new mission will launch each year after that, until humans arrive on the Moon, no later than 2020.

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om@umr.edu
2005-Apr-29, 05:43 PM
This is an interesting story.

The surfaces of lunar soils are full of Hydrogen from the solar wind and lunar rocks contain large amounts of Oxygen. If they can't find natural supplies of water, they may have to figure out a way to combine these other resources efficiently to make water on the moon.

With kind regards,

Oliver
http://www.umr.edu~om

Greg
2005-Apr-30, 04:18 PM
It's nice to see that these plans for further manned exploration are underway.

suntrack2
2005-May-02, 01:32 PM
the robots can be useful in such expeditions, the human being can minimise his efforts by putting the robots on the infantry to fight the situation rise during the expedition. robots are fine to send in the universe on a large scale for research.

Eric Vaxxine
2005-May-03, 03:30 PM
I thought it had been mapped extensively already? What was the probe the crashed into the moon because it had done it's work. And Clementine !? Aren't the Europeans mapping with an ion drive craft?
Also, the dark side, when can we expect detailed close ups of that hemisphere? Or are there some already?

antoniseb
2005-May-03, 03:55 PM
Originally posted by Eric Vaxxine@May 3 2005, 03:30 PM
I thought it had been mapped extensively already?
Hi Eric,

The craft mentioned in this article will measure things that either haven't been measured before, or will measure things much more accurately than before.

There is a belief that there is some water-ice in these craters, but these new missions will be another step toward discovering exactly where, and how much there is.

Eventually Rover-type missions will be sent to examine the actual minerology, and help determine what techniques might be employed to extract this water for use in habitats, or as fuel. Right now, we can only guess, and make suggestions for a range of methods. We really want to just send tools tailored to exactly the right job.