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Total results: 198

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Amalie Sinclair Lunar Light -Planetary Renewal- A Holistic Viewpoint This paper sets out some rationales for an integrated US space development platform within the UN forums . Such a platform might include for an international lunar settlement and for a related space sciences initiative into global development Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Space for Progress Download File

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Krishan Khurana

Co-Authors: V. Angelopoulos, Charles W. Carlson, Gregory T. Delory, William M. Farrell, Robert E. Grimm, Ian Garrick-Bethell, Jasper S. Halekas, L. L. Hood, M. Horanyi, Robert J.Lillis, Robert P. Lin, Clive R. Neal, M. E. Purucker, Chris T. Russell, Gerry Schubert, D. G. Sibeck, Pavel Travnicek
Lunar Science with ARTEMIS: A Journey from the Moon’s Exosphere to its Core [version 2] This white paper describes the planetary science objectives to be achieved by ARTEMIS, a two-spacecraft constellation en route to the Moon, and presents recommendations pertaining to future lunar science. [version 2] Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. IGPP/UCLA Download File

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Sue Smrekar

Co-Author: Sanjay Limaye
Venus Exploration Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities This white paper describes the science priorities developed by the Venus Exploration Analysis Group, through a series of meetings with the Venus science community. The science themes for Venus are Origin and Evolution, Venus as a Terrestrial Planet, and Climate Change and the Future of Earth. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Download File

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James G. Williams

Co-Authors: James G. Williams, Slava G. Turyshev, Richard T. Baran, Kevin M. Birnbaum, Douglas Currie, William M. Folkner, Gary M. Gutt, Hideo Hanada, Hamid Hemmati, Stephen M. Merkowitz,, Kenneth L. Nordtvedt, Thomas W. Murphy, Jr., Jürgen Müller, Nicolas Rambaux, Peter J. Shelus, Ruwan Somawardhana, Robert Spero
Lunar Science and Lunar Laser Ranging Lunar Laser Ranging studies the Moon’s internal structure and properties by tracking the variations in the orientation and tidal distortion of the Moon as a function of time. Future missions to the Moon’s surface should include new laser ranging instrumentation capable of improved range accuracy. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Download File

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Dana M. Hurley

Co-Authors: David J. Lawrence, Raul Baragiola, D. Benjamin Bussey, Anthony Colaprete, M. Darby Dyar, Anthony F. Egan, Richard C. Elphic, William Farrell, William Feldman, James R. Gaier, Jacob Grimes, Jasper S. Halekas, Erika Harnett, James N. Head, Jennifer Heldmann, Amanda Hendrix, Charles A. Hibbitts, Kurt D. Retherford, Catherine Neish, Sarah Noble, Carle Pieters, Paul D. Spudis, Timothy J. Stubbs, Bradley J. Thomson, Kris Zacny
Lunar Polar Volatiles and Associated Processes A landed/mobile mission to a lunar permanently shadowed region (PSR) should identify the composition, abundance, and distribution of volatiles in lunar PSRs. The next step is obtaining a detailed understanding of the transport/deposition/retention system to unravel the history of polar volatiles. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Johns Hopkins University/ Applied Physics Laboratory Download File

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Kevin H. Baines

Co-Authors: Sushil Atreya, Tibor Balint, David Crisp, David Grinspoon, Jeffery L. Hall, Gary W. Hunter, Sanjay Limaye, Viktor Kerzhanovich, Paul R. Mahaffy, Christopher T. Russell, David Senske, Stuart K. Stephens, Chris R. Webster
Venus Atmospheric Explorer New Frontiers Mission Concept A multiple-platform mission to Venus that includes a long-duration, circumnavigating balloon-based element, two drop sondes, and an orbiter, is described that directly addresses fundamental science iissues of planetary formation/evolution, dynamics/circulation, chemistry, meteorology, and geology. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Download File

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Tibor Balint

Co-Authors: James Cutts, Mark Bullock, James Garvin, Stephen Gorevan, Jeffery Hall, Peter Hughes, Gary Hunter, Satish Khanna, Elizabeth Kolawa, Viktor Kerzhanovich, Ethiraj Venkatapathy
Technologies for Future Venus Exploration This VEXAG community white paper covers both heritage, and key enhancing and enabling technologies, which are required for future Venus exploration missions in all three mission classes. It also argues for a targeted technology development program, including a large environmental test chamber. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Download File

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Marc Fries

Co-Authors: John Armstrong, James Ashley, Luther Beegle, Timothy Jull, Glenn Sellar
Extralunar Materials in Lunar Regolith This paper describes the scientific rationale for locating and studying extralunar material found in lunar regolith. The extreme age and lack of weathering of lunar regolith make it a natural repository for samples from a wide range of parent bodies and across a vast span of solar system history. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Download File

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Ariel D. Anbar

Co-Authors: David Grinspoon, Sean C. Solomon, G. Jeffrey Taylor
Astrobiology Research Priorities for Mercury, Venus, and the Moon This paper describes the value of exploration of Mercury, Venus and the Moon for the field of astrobiology and specifies high priority goals. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Arizona State University Download File

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Sarah E. Braden

Co-Authors: Samuel J. Lawrence, Mark S. Robinson, Bradley L. Jolliff, Julie D. Stopar, Lillian R. Ostrach, Lisa R. Gaddis, Justin J. Hagerty, Steven B. Simon, B. Ray Hawke
Unexplored Areas of the Moon: Nonmare Domes Analysis of samples returned from unexplored areas of lunar volcanism such as the Gruithuisen Domes will (1) increase our knowledge of the history of the Earth-Moon system, (2) advance theories of lunar magmatic evolution and (3) provide valuable points of comparison with other terrestrial planets. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Arizona State University Download File

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Samuel J. Lawrence

Co-Authors: Georgiana Y. Kramer, Bradley L. Jolliff, B. Ray Hawke, Mark S. Robinson, Justin J. Hagerty, G. Jeffrey Taylor, Jeffrey Plescia, W. Brent Garry, Julie D. Stopar, Brett W. Denevi, S. E. Braden, L. R. Ostrach, David T. Blewett, Tomas Magna, Thomas R. Watters, Lisa R. Gaddis, Rongxing Li, Clive R. Neal, Jeffrey Gillis-Davis
Sampling the Age Extremes of Lunar Volcanism: the Youngest and Oldest Lunar Basalts Automated sample return missions to the youngest (Procellarum) and oldest (cryptomaria) basalts on the lunar surface will help improve our absolute chronology for the inner Solar System by providing the timing for the beginning and end of lunar basaltic volcanism. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Arizona State University Download File

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Georgiana Young Kramer

Co-Authors: David Blewett, Lon Hood, Jasper Halekas, Sarah Noble, Bernard Ray Hawke, Gunther Kletetschka, Erika Harnett, and Ian Garrick-Bethell
The Lunar Swirls The lunar swirls are high albedo curvilinear surface features coincident with regions of strong remanent magnetism. Investigating the lunar swirls is important to understand the Earth-Moon system, the interaction of planetary surfaces with the solar wind, and how to best explore our solar system. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Bear Fight Center Download File

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Ian Crawford

Co-Authors: Mahesh Anand, Professor Mark Burchell, James Carpenter, Barbara Cohen, Leon Croukamp, Andrew Daga, Hilary Downes, Sarah Fagents, Terence Hackwill, James N Head, Essam Heggy, Adrian Jones, Katherine Joy, Christian Koeberl, Philippe Lognonné, Clive Neal, Noah Petro, Professor Sara Russell, Joshua Snape, Larry Taylor, Allan Treiman, Shoshana Weider, Mark Wieczorek, Lionel Wilson
The Scientific Rationale for Renewed Human Exploration of the Moon This paper outlines the scientific benefits that will follow from renewed human exploration of the Moon. [Final version with updated author list] Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Birkbeck College London Download File

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Ian Garrick-Bethell

Co-Authors: Cassandra Runyon, Carle Pieters, Michael Wyatt, Peter Isaacson, Linda Elkins-Tanton
Ensuring United States Competitiveness in the 21st Century Global Economy with a Long-Term Lunar Exploration Program A focused Lunar Exploration Program can help retain United States economic and strategic leadership in the 21st century. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Brown University Download File

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Carle M. Pieters

Co-Authors: Carlton Allen, Mahesh Anand, W. Bruce Banerdt, William Bottke, Barbara Cohen, Ian A. Crawford, Andrew Daga, Rick Elphic, Bernard Foing, Lisa R. Gaddis, James B. Garvin, Timothy L. Grove, B. Ray Hawke, Jennifer Heldmann, Dana M. Hurley, Brad Jolliff, Christian Koeberl, Clive Neal, Brian J. O’Brien, Anne Peslier, Noah Petro, Jeffery Plescia, Amalie Sinclair, Timothy J. Stubbs, Ross Taylor, Stefanie Tompkins, Allan H. Treiman,Elizabeth Turtle, Mark Wieczorek, Lionel Wilson, Aileen Yingst
Summary and Highlights of the NRC 2007 Report: The Scientific Context for the Exploration of the Moon (SCEM) Understanding processes that have occurred on the Moon provide a framework for understanding the origin and evolution of the other terrestrial planets. The SCEM science goals and priorities remain fundamentally relevant to our understanding of the solar system and central to its exploration. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Brown University Download File

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Arlin Crotts On Lunar Volatiles and Their Importance to Resource Utilization and Lunar Science We discuss recent, compelling evidence for major lunar volatiles not necessarily found in polar permanently-shadowed crater cold traps, but originating from the deep interior. We also discuss programs underway to study lunar volatiles, which unfortunately fall far short of the NRC''s SCEM goals. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Columbia University Download File

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David J. Loftus

Co-Authors: Erin M. Tranfield, Jon C. Rask, Clara McCrosssin
The Chemical Reactivity of Lunar Dust Relevant to Human Exploration As NASA prepares to return to the Moon, a clear understanding of the chemistry of lunar dust is required to set the stage for extended duration lunar surface operations. All aspects of the unique environment of the Moon—micrometeorite bombardment, UV light exposure, solar wind radiation, solar parti Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. NASA Ames Research Center Download File

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Allan Treiman

Co-Authors: Meenakshi Wadhwa, Clive R. Neal, Charles K. Shearer, Bradley L. Jolliff, Lars E. Borg, Dimitri Papanastassiou, Malcolm J. Rutherford, Christine Floss, Andrew M. Davis, Steven Symes, Susanne Schwenzer, Mark D. Fries, Andrew Westphall, Barbara Cohen, David A. Kring
Sample Return from the Earth’s Moon This white paper makes the case that sample return from selected locations on the Moon in the coming decade will provide extraordinary advances in lunar and Solar System science. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Lunar and Planetary Institute Download File

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Larry W. Esposito Mission Concept: Venus in situ Explorer (VISE) A proposed New Frontiers mission concept for Venus lander. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. LASP, University of Colorado Download File

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Clive R. Neal

Co-Authors: Marek Banaszkiewicz, Bruce Banerdt, Bruce Bills, James Carpenter, Peter Chi, Ulli Christensen, Eric Clévédé, Barbara Cohen, Ian Crawford, Doug Currie, Paul Davis, Veronique Dehant, Simone Dell’Agnello, Andrew Dombard, Fred Duennebier, Linda Elkins-Tanton, Matthew Fouch, Cliff Frohlich, Jeannine Gagnepain-Beyneix, Raphael F. Garcia, Ed Garnero, Ian Garrick-Bethel, Domenico Giardini Robert Grimm, Matthias Grott, Jasper Halekas, Lon Hood, Berengere Houdou, Shaopeng Huang, Catherine Johnson, Bradley Jolliff, Katie Joy, Amir Khan, Oleg Khavroshkin, Krishan Khurana, Walter Kiefer, Naoki Kobayashi, Junji Koyama, Oleg Kuskov, Jesse Lawrence, Mathieu Lefeuvre, Lynn Lewis, John Longhi, Philippe Lognonné, Mioara Mandea, Michael Manga, Pat McGovern, David Mimoun, Antoine Mocquet, Jean-Paul Montagner, Paul Morgan, Seiichi Nagihara, Yosio Nakamura, Jürgen Oberst, Roger Phillips, Jeff Plescia, J. Todd Ratcliff, Lutz Richter, Chris Russell, Yoshifumi Saito, Gerald Schubert, Nikolai Shapiro, Charles Shearer, Hiroaki Shiraishi, Sue Smrekar, Tilman Spohn, Bob Strangeway, Eléonore Stutzmann, Satoshi Tanaka, Toshiro Tanimoto, Patrick Taylor, Ross Taylor, Junya Terazono, Mike Thorne, Nafi Toksöz, Vincent Tong, Elizabeth Turtle, Slava Turyshev, Roman Wawrzazek, Renee Weber, Jonathan Weinberg, Ben Weiss, Mark Wieczorek, James Williams, Maria Zuber
The Rationale for Deployment of a Long-Lived Geophysical Network on the Moon This paper outlines the rationale establishing a global lunar geophysical network and the authorship demonstrates the broad community support for such an endeavor, both within the USA and internationally. Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. University of Notre Dame Download File

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