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Synergistic use of remote sensing data and in-situ investigations to characterize the lunar surface

Sharma, A and Kumar, S and Bhiravarasu, SS (2023) Synergistic use of remote sensing data and in-situ investigations to characterize the lunar surface. In: Advances in Space Research .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2023.05.006


This review article provides an overview of various aspects of lunar exploration, including missions to the Moon, collection and analysis of lunar sample data in laboratories, and the processing and analysis of remote sensing data, particularly using radar techniques. Both remote sensing and in-situ methods are critical for advancing our understanding of the lunar surface and its properties. This review article focuses on the identification and quantification of water–ice deposits located in areas such as Permanently shadowed areas (PSRs) and the lunar poles (section “Lunar Poles and PSRs: A Special Environment”). These volatile resources have the potential to serve as valuable sources of fuel for future missions, making it crucial for the lunar community to determine their abundance and distribution. After thoroughly examining lunar samples using high-precision laboratory techniques, many preconceptions were dispelled which is highlighted in the section “Laboratory Investigation of Lunar samples”. But as in-situ observations are difficult to acquire, especially terrestrial bodies samples, remote sensing techniques allow the global understanding of the surface. The article specifically highlights the importance of understanding the electrical characteristics of the lunar surface and how radar inversion can provide valuable information in this regard. The “Conclusion” section of this review article serves as a key takeaway for readers, underscoring the critical role that both in-situ and remote sensing techniques play in advancing our understanding of the Moon

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Advances in Space Research
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Dielectric constant; In-situ; Lunar; Lunar missions; Lunar volatiles; Radar; Remote sensing; Water–ice
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2023 04:55
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2023 04:55
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/82132

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