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Science and Exploration at the Moon and Mars Enabled by Surface Telerobotics

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jack O. Burns, Terry Fong, David A. Kring, William D. Pratt, Timothy Cichan
(Submitted on 26 May 2017)

NASA/ESA are preparing a series of Exploration Missions using Orion and additional infrastructure at a Deep Space Gateway in cis-lunar space. This will provide an opportunity for science and exploraiton from the lunar farside facilitated by surface telerobotics. We describe several precursor telepresence experiments, using the ISS and a student-built rover, which are laying the groundwork for teleoperation of rovers on the Moon and eventually Mars. We describe exciting near-term science that can be conducted from the lunar farside with teleoperated rovers including an astronaut-assisted sample return, a high priority from the U.S. Planetary Science Decadal Survey, and the deployment of a low frequency radio telescope array to observe the first stars and galaxies (Cosmic Dawn), as described in NASA's Astrophysics Roadmap.

Comments:    10 pages, 7 figures
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as:    arXiv:1705.09692 [astro-ph.IM]
     (or arXiv:1705.09692v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Jack Burns
[v1] Fri, 26 May 2017 19:35:12 GMT (1009kb)
https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.09692

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