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Farside explorer: unique science from a mission to the farside of the moon

Mimoun, David and Wieczorek, Mark A. and Alkalai, Leon and Banerdt, William Bruce and Baratoux, David and Bougeret, Jean-Louis and Bouley, Sylvain and Cecconi, Baptiste and Falcke, Heino and Flohrer, Joachim and Garcia, Raphaël F. and Grimm, Robert and Grott, Matthias and Gurvits, Leonid and Jaumann, Ralf and Johnson, Catherine L. and Knapmeyer, Martin and Kobayashi, Naoki and Konovalenko, Alexander and Lawrence, David and Feuvre, Mathieu Le and Lognonné, Philippe and Neal, Clive and Oberst, Jürgen and Olsen, Nils and Röttgering, Huub and Spohn, Tilman and Vennerstrom, Susanne and Woan, Graham and Zarka, Philippe Farside explorer: unique science from a mission to the farside of the moon. (2012) Experimental Astronomy, 33 (2). 529-585. ISSN 0922-6435

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10686-011-9252-3

Abstract

Farside Explorer is a proposed Cosmic Vision medium-size mission to the farside of the Moon consisting of two landers and an instrumented relay satellite. The farside of the Moon is a unique scientific platform in that it is shielded from terrestrial radio-frequency interference, it recorded the primary differentiation and evolution of the Moon, it can be continuously monitored from the Earth–Moon L2 Lagrange point, and there is a complete lack of reflected solar illumination from the Earth. Farside Explorer will exploit these properties and make the first radio-astronomy measurements from the most radio-quiet region of near-Earth space, determine the internal structure and thermal evolution of the Moon, from crust to core, and quantify impact hazards in near-Earth space by the measurement of flashes generated by impact events. The Farside Explorer flight system includes two identical solar-powered landers and a science/telecommunications relay satellite to be placed in a halo orbit about the Earth–Moon L2 Lagrange point. One lander would explore the largest and oldest recognized impact basin in the Solar System.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
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Deposited By: David Mimoun
Deposited On:31 Jan 2017 12:39

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