Water Ice Characterization near Candidate Landing Sites at the Lunar South Pole

Publication date: 
18-19 May, 2016
Authors/Presenters: 
Marco Figuera, Ramiro
Medium / Event: 
European Lunar Symposium

Volatile  characterization  on  the Lunar  south  pole  has  been  already  carried  out  in  the past,  however  most  of the studies have focused their investigations  on  large  craters.  In  these  studies  a combination of radar, laser altimeter and temperature data has been used. Preliminary results of water  ice  characterization  in  small  to  mid-size  craters (20  m  to  5  km)  near  candidate  landing  sites  at  the lunar  south  pole  are  presented.  Water  ice  characterization  has been carried out in an area ranging from -80°  to -90°.  We  have  used  QGIS,  a  Geographic  Information System (GIS) open-source tool, in order to select  the  areas  of  study. The study focuses on small craters  reachable  by  rovers  near  candidate  landing sites from the European Lunar Lander.

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Water Ice Characterization near Candidate Landing Sites at the Lunar South Pole, Ramiro Marco Figuera, European Lunar Symposium, 18-19 May, 2016