Challenge: Mission to the Moon!
One of the next goals of space exploration is the creation of a settle on Moon or on Mars. The goal of the Lunar Explorer for Ground Optimization (L.E.G.O) is to identify the best location to built a base on the Moon’s surface. To accomplish this goal, L.E.G.O is going to use several technics to identify the mechanical and chemical properties of the ground.
First of all we have to find the best landing site location. We chose the South Pole of the Moon because of the ice concentration and specifically the south pole Aitken basin because it is the largest, oldest and deepest basin on the lunar surface.
The mission goals separate on:
Lunar Explorer for Ground Optimization’s Technical Skills to identify the quality of rocks and the quantity of water in the Lunar Surface.
-XRF- bulk composition of the rocks
-FTIR- mineralogical composition, concentration in water
-Laser Ablation- trace elements concentration
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