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Connecting Ridge - A landing site at the lunar south pole with extended illumination

Gläser, P. and Scholten, F. and De Rosa, D. and Figuera, R. M. and Oberst, J. and Mazarico, E. and Neumann, G. A. and Robinson, M. S. (2014) Connecting Ridge - A landing site at the lunar south pole with extended illumination. In: European Planetary Science Congress 2014, 9. European Planetary Science Congress 2014, 07.-12. Sep. 2014, Estoril, Portugal.

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Abstract

Illumination conditions of the lunar south pole are investigated using a 20 m/pixel Digital Terrain Model (DTM) derived from tracks of the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA). We examined areas near the south pole, in particular a possible landing site residing on a ridge connecting the de Gerlache and Shackleton craters, referred to as Connecting Ridge [1]. Illumination conditions were simulated at surface level but also at the height of a possible solar panel of a rover or lander, specifically we chose heights of 2 m and 10 m above ground. The chosen time period, over which illumination conditions are simulated, is 19 years exceeding the lunar precessional cycle of 18.6 years. Locations receiving sunlight for 92.3% and 95.66% of the time can be identified at heights of 2 m and at 10 m above ground, respectively. The longest continuous periods in darkness are typically only 3-5 days at these locations, which makes the exclusive use of solar panels over long mission durations achievable.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/94242/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Connecting Ridge - A landing site at the lunar south pole with extended illumination
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Gläser, P.Technical University Berlin, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Sciences, BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Scholten, F.frank.scholten (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
De Rosa, D.European Space Agency, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Figuera, R. M.Technical University Berlin, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Sciences, BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Oberst, J.Juergen.Oberst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Mazarico, E.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USAUNSPECIFIED
Neumann, G. A.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771UNSPECIFIED
Robinson, M. S.School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, PO Box 873603, Tempe, AZ 85287-3603, United StatesUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2014
Journal or Publication Title:European Planetary Science Congress 2014
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:9
Series Name:EPSC Abstracts
Status:Published
Keywords:Moon, South Pole, Landing Sites
Event Title:European Planetary Science Congress 2014
Event Location:Estoril, Portugal
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:07.-12. Sep. 2014
Organizer:European Planetology Network and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Exploration des Sonnensystems
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Scholten, Dipl.-Ing. Frank
Deposited On:07 Jan 2015 09:45
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:51

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