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Cryogeomorphic Characterization of Shadowed Regions in the Artemis Exploration Zone

Bickel, Valentin and Modeley, B. and Hauber, Ernst and Shirley, M. and Williams, J.-P. and Kring, D.A. (2022) Cryogeomorphic Characterization of Shadowed Regions in the Artemis Exploration Zone. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2022GL099530. Wiley. doi: 10.1029/2022GL099530. ISSN 0094-8276.

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Official URL: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2022GL099530


The Artemis program will send crew to explore the south polar region of the Moon, preceded by and integrated with robotic missions. One of the main scientific goals of future exploration is the characterization of polar volatiles, which are concentrated in and near regions of permanent shadow. The meter-scale cryogeomorphology of shadowed regions remains unknown, posing a potential risk to missions that plan to traverse or land in them. Here, we deploy a physics-based, deep learning-driven post-processing tool to produce high-signal and high-resolution Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Narrow Angle Camera images of 44 shadowed regions larger than ∼40 m across in the Artemis exploration zone around potential landing sites 001 and 004. We use these images to map previously unknown, shadowed meter-scale (cryo)geomorphic features, assign relative shadowed region ages, and recommend promising sites for future exploration. We freely release our data and a detailed catalog of all shadowed regions studied.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/190957/
Document Type:Article
Title:Cryogeomorphic Characterization of Shadowed Regions in the Artemis Exploration Zone
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Bickel, ValentinETH Zurich, Zurich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Modeley, B.University of Oxford, Oxford, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hauber, ErnstUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1375-304XUNSPECIFIED
Shirley, M.NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kring, D.A.Lunar and Planetary Institute, USRA, Houston, TX, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Geophysical Research Letters
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:e2022GL099530
Keywords:Moon, exploration, Artemis, permanently shadowed regions, deep lerning, imahe analysis, LRO, LROC, ice, water, geomorphology, permafrost
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project Mars Express HRSC (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Hauber, Ernst
Deposited On:29 Nov 2022 10:20
Last Modified:29 Nov 2022 10:20

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