Analogs for Planetary Exploration
Motives, methods, and essential preparation for planetary field geology on the Moon and Mars
Published:December 01, 2011
H.H. Schmitt, A.W. Snoke, M.A. Helper, J.M. Hurtado, K.V. Hodges, J.W. Rice, Jr., 2011. "Motives, methods, and essential preparation for planetary field geology on the Moon and Mars", Analogs for Planetary Exploration, W. Brent Garry, Jacob E. Bleacher
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Future lunar exploration will provide opportunities to expand the human scientific exploration of the Moon and, eventually, Mars. Planning for renewed field exploration of the Moon entails the selection, training, and capabilities of explorers; selection of landing sites; and adoption of an operational approach to extravehicular activity. Apollo program geological exploration, and subsequent analysis and interpretation of findings and collected samples underpin our current understanding of lunar origin and history. That understanding continues to provide new and important insights into the early histories of Earth and other bodies in the solar system, particularly during the period when life formed and...