Scientific exploration of lunar surface using a rover in Japanese future lunar mission

S. Sasaki, T. Kubota, T. Okada, K. Saiki, Yoji Kuroda, Y. Kunii, E. Shibamura, N. Akiyama, M. Ohtake, M. Ichikawa, M. Higa, N. Hirata, T. Sugihara, J. Haruyama, H. Otake, N. Yoshioka, J. Terazono, M. Yamada, Y. Yamaguchi, S. Kodama

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Abstract

A new lunar mission (SELENE-B) including a lander is now in consideration in Japan. The mission will follow up SELENE (SELenological and ENgineering Explorer, a global remote sensing mission of the moon in 2004). Scientific investigation plans using a rover are proposed: exploration of a crater central peak to discover subsurface materials and exploration of the polar region to discover the trapped ice. We have already developed a 5-wheel engineering-model rover, Micro5, which has a long manipulator with a camera on top. The rover can climb over 15cm steps and rocks by a new suspension system PEGASUS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1921-1926
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume30
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

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    Sasaki, S., Kubota, T., Okada, T., Saiki, K., Kuroda, Y., Kunii, Y., Shibamura, E., Akiyama, N., Ohtake, M., Ichikawa, M., Higa, M., Hirata, N., Sugihara, T., Haruyama, J., Otake, H., Yoshioka, N., Terazono, J., Yamada, M., Yamaguchi, Y., & Kodama, S. (2002). Scientific exploration of lunar surface using a rover in Japanese future lunar mission. Advances in Space Research, 30(8), 1921-1926. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0273-1177(02)00491-X