Special Issue on Science and Exploration of Lunar Resources with ESA’s PROSPECT Package
• 大类 : 地学天文 - 4区
• 小类 : 天文与天体物理 - 4区
The rationale for in-situ exploration and scientific analysis of lunar resources is supported by the drive for future human exploration of the Moon and evidence from the growing wealth of remote sensing and other data indicating the presence of lunar volatiles. PROSPECT is an ESA project led by the Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration. PROSPECT is made up of two main elements, a drill system: the PROSPECT Sample Excavation and Extraction Device (ProSEED), and a Sample Processing and Analysis chemical laboratory (ProSPA). This Special Issue focusses on the scientific and exploration investigations enabled by specific hardware elements in the PROSPECT package, and the output of scientific research necessitated by the systems’ technical development. Operational preparations are underway in cooperation with Roscosmos to fly PROSPECT as part of Russia’s Luna 27 polar lander mission.
A great deal of work in this area has been accomplished by the PROSPECT User Group, a body of experts, appointed throughout Phase B development, to represent the end users of the PROSPECT package. Submissions to this Virtual Special Issue are expected to represent the output of the PROSPECT User Group and the research activities they have conducted to inform payload development. Additionally, submissions regarding aspects of lunar science and exploration that are related to the PROSPECT objectives are welcome.’