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Lunar landers and sample return: science and technologies
Author(s): Bernard H. Foing
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Paper Abstract

We review in the context of latest lunar results the case for future lunar landers and sample returns, as discussed by various ILEWG science and technology task groups, addressing: - ESA Lunar Polar Lander Study (LES3) - A generic lander platform that can be adapted to sample return or to a lunar lander /rover fetcher. - New Science opportunities from lunar landers - Clues on mantle/lower crust (South Pole Aitken Basin), polar ice, cometary/meteoritic record - Technology demonstration preparation for Mars sample return - Technology demonstrator for lunar ascent vehicle, Earth reentry, and human return vehicle Technologies that can be developed for lunar sample return missions: entry airless bodies, Descent and landing, robotics, Instruments, Sample acquisition, Return and Earth reentry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6960, Space Exploration Technologies, 696009 (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.784639
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Bernard H. Foing, ESTEC SCI-S (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6960:
Space Exploration Technologies
Wolfgang Fink, Editor(s)

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