NASA’s Lunar IceCube – Moon-Observing CubeSat Ready for Artemis Launch

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Ilustracija Lunar IceCube v orbiti lunarne ledene sonde. kredit: Morehead State University

lunarna ledena kocka,[{” attribute=””>NASA’s water-scouting CubeSat, is now poised to hitch a ride to lunar orbit. Although it is not much bigger than a shoe box, Lunar IceCube’s data will have an outsized impact on lunar science.

The satellite is integrated into the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and ready to journey to the Moon as part of the uncrewed Artemis I mission, launching this year.

Lunar IceCube will orbit the Moon and use a spectrometer to investigate lunar ice. Earlier missions already revealed water ice on the Moon, but Lunar IceCube will further NASA’s knowledge about lunar ice dynamics.

Scientists are especially interested in the absorption and release of water from the regolith — the Moon’s rocky and dusty surface. With Lunar IceCube investigating this process, NASA can map these changes as they occur on the Moon.

Nasina misija Lunar IceCube bo potovala na Luno kot sekundarni tovor na misiji Artemis I. kredit: Nasin Goddard Space Flight Center

Lunar IceCube bo preiskoval tudi eksosfero – zelo tanek prostor, podoben atmosferi, ki obdaja Luno. Z razumevanjem dinamike vode in drugih snovi na Luni bodo raziskovalci lahko napovedali sezonske spremembe luninega ledu, ki bi lahko vplivale na njegovo uporabo kot vira v prihodnosti.

Vse to bo doseženo z učinkovitim in stroškovno učinkovitim CubeSat, ki tehta samo 31 funtov (14 kg). Lunar IceCube je eden izmed mnogih cubesats Vožnja z Luno na krovu Artemis I. Ti majhni sateliti bodo skupaj s prihodnjimi misijami Artemis izboljšali naše znanje o življenju in delu na Luni in navsezadnje pomagali pri pripravi na človeške raziskovalce. Planet Mars,

Lunar IceCube financira NASA Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnership Program ali NextStep v podporo Nasinemu oddelku za napredne raziskovalne sisteme v okviru Direktorata za razvoj misij raziskovalnih sistemov. Misijo Lunar IceCube vodi Morehead State University v Moreheadu v Kentuckyju; Nasin center za vesoljske polete Goddard v Greenbeltu v Marylandu; Nasin laboratorij za reaktivni pogon v južni Kaliforniji; Nasin neodvisni center za preverjanje in preverjanje Katherine Johnson v Fairmontu v Zahodni Virginiji; in Busek Space Propulsion and Systems v Naticku v Massachusettsu.

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Mojca Andreja

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