|The primary regions of interest for the future lunar bases and settlements : general overview
|Xiao Chen Zhang, Author
|ISU Individual Project
|Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2017
|1 electronic resource (42 p.) / col. ill.
|Includes bibliographical references
A harsh alien world as the Moon is, its abundant resources and scientific value attract us to explore, and establishing permanent lunar bases have been suggested by many organizations. However, to settle on the lunar surface, numerous challenges and considerations await for solutions before an ideal location is chosen. Not only the natural environment limits human and
machine performances, engineering capability and scientific goals also affect the decision on where the lunar base should be emplaced. Currently, several sites of interest have been proposed. Polar regions benefit from long-duration solar illumination and possible ice caps that could provide basic human life support elements; lowlands contain diverse resources and are geographically easy to traverse; lunar limb and far side are best for astronomical observations. Some specific locations are being studied by researchers worldwide.
|ISU program :
|Master of Space Studies
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