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December 16-22, 2013 / Vol 32, No 50 / Hawai`i Island, USA

13 Dec 2013, 21:45 UTC
December 16-22, 2013 / Vol 32, No 50 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Consideration for President Obama USA Moon South Pole Lander Will Energize, Lift All Space Enterprises Independent, National, International and Global space organizations and activities would be energized and invigorated by a new American mission to a truly new frontier. Moon South Pole, Malapert Mountain in particular, provides advantages for power and communications – areas with [...]

Consideration for President Obama

USA Moon South Pole Lander Will Energize, Lift All Space Enterprises
Independent, National, International and Global space organizations and activities would be energized and invigorated by a new American mission to a truly new frontier. Moon South Pole, Malapert Mountain in particular, provides advantages for power and communications – areas with near-continuous solar illumination and direct line-of-sight to Earth. These areas also have relatively constant temperatures of -50° ± 10°C, compared to equatorial regions that see variation of as much a 250°C (from -150° night to 100°C day) through the lunar cycle, providing more stable operational environments for robotic and human missions. The South Pole-Aitken Basin (2600-km diameter; 13-km depth) is one of the largest known impact craters in the Solar System and has shown elevated levels of iron, titanium, and thorium, making it a primary target for ...

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