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