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date: 07 October 2022

Lunar Exploration Missions and Environmental Discovery: Status and Progresslocked

Lunar Exploration Missions and Environmental Discovery: Status and Progresslocked

  • Kyeong J. KimKyeong J. KimKorea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Geological Research Center

Summary

Exploration of the Moon is currently one of the most important and interesting subjects. The Moon is considered not only a place to explore but also a place to live in preparation to explore planets beyond it. This opportunity has arisen due to a series of discoveries associated with water on the Moon during the past half century. Lunar exploration of the moon began with the flyby mission by the United States in 1959. Since then, scientific investigations of the Moon have increased understanding of the lunar geology and surface environment. Based on more than 70 lunar missions to date, a major goal is to explore how humans can live on the Moon for a long period of time to examine sustainability on the Moon. Consequently, the area of lunar science and technology is being employed to discover how in situ resources can be utilized for humans to live on the Moon and, eventually, Mars and beyond.

Subjects

  • Observational and Experimental Techniques
  • Planetary Surfaces
  • Planetary Chemistry and Cosmochemistry

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