The earth’s population is expected to reach 9.6 billion by the year 2050. This would mean the current usage of our non-renewable resources would double almost triple here on earth. As the population grows, the resources on our planet continue to diminish until they can no longer support the population. To potentially solve this upcoming problem, we look outside our home to outer space. It is still a relatively unknown field and learning everything we can about space and its contents are crucial to finding a solution to our growing population. Learning about the moon and beyond.
We hope to aid humanity in taking this step with our M.S.L. Science Payload. The Moon Science Laboratory is an innovative design of the Mars Science Laboratory. Using similar instruments such as the MARDI Camera to take an overhead image while descending. As well as a ChemCam to analyze the elemental composition of vaporized materials and a neutron detector that can measure the energy level of neutrons. Landing on the crater Alphonsus, all of these components can be used to achieve our goals of tracing the craters history and searching for signs of water. We chose the Alphonsus crater because of the pyroclastic deposits observed, possibly formed by eruptions of basaltic magma. If Alphonsus pyroclastic deposits and Mare Nubium were related then it is likely that the deposits are billions of years old.
With these applications, we hope to make the next step in human expansion, one that is closer, and more affordable. With more information on the moon, and creating travel to the moon and back feasible, we can then take an even further step in that of expanding our knowledge of the rest of our solar system. To mars and even into deep space.
SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.