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TitleLunar analogue sites in volcanic terrain
AuthorWilliamson, M -C; Greeley, R; Hoffman, S J; Carey, R
SourceProceedings of the 15th CASI Astronautics Conference ASTRO 2010; 2010 p. 1-5
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20100132
Meeting15th CASI Astronautics Conference ASTRO 2010; Toronto; CA; May 4-6, 2010
AreaArizona; Victoria Island; Moon; Canada; United States of America; Iceland
Lat/Long WENS-113.0333 -113.0167 33.0500 33.0333
Lat/Long WENS-16.7333 -16.7333 65.0333 65.0167
Lat/Long WENS-112.6833 -112.6833 71.8667 71.8500
Subjectsigneous and metamorphic petrology; extraterrestrial geology; igneous rocks; volcanic rocks; terrain analysis; field methods; regoliths; bedrock geology; Warford Ranch volcano; Askja Volcano; Natkusiak lava field
Illustrationsphotographs; images
AbstractThe selection of a terrestrial site that is suitable for lunar analogue missions and engineering field tests depends on several factors such as the local geography and geology of the area, and on other attributes that must be compatible with the proposed mission objectives and scenarios. Several key questions must be addressed during the site selection process: Is the analogue site suitable for short- and/or long-duration missions? Could the requirements of NASA lunar surface reference missions be tested? Is the site accessible and habitable over several months of the year, or is it located in a remote area where harsh environmental conditions prevail, thus increasing the risks and costs associated with the analogue missions? In this paper, we describe some of the attributes of well-exposed volcanic fields in the U.S., Canada, and Iceland, focusing on the geological context, scale of the proposed missions, and degree of available infrastructure. We conclude that these sites are ideally suited for a wide range of research projects and missions targeting Canadian scientific objectives for the study of lunar bedrock and regolith.

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