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ESA has just signed a one-year contract with ArianeGroup, Europe's largest provider of launch services, to explore the possibility of moon production. If everything goes according to plan, ESA wants to start the mission by 2025 Popular mechanics reports.
The mission will focus on the moon reggolite, the dusty soil covering our moon. This is not exactly what we would call "soil" – the soil contains many organic substances on Earth. Regolith however contains molecular oxygen and water. It is also quite rich in helium-3 isotopes that "could provide a safer nuclear energy in a thermonuclear reactor because it is not radioactive and would not produce hazardous waste products," according to ESA.
[This study is] "Ability to recall the ability of Ariane 64 to perform moon missions for its institutional customers, with a payload capacity of up to 8.5 metric tons," said Andre-Hüber Roussel, ArianeGroup CEO.
"This year, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Moon's first steps, ArianeGroup will support all current and future European projects, in line with its mission to guarantee independent, sovereign access to space for Europe."
The mission will begin on the Ariana 64 rocket. The car is still under development and is a variant of the Ariane 6 missile with four additional straps. Berlin-based PTScientists, a former competitor of Google Lunar XPrize, will also participate in the survey. ArianeGroup will handle the rocket and PTScientists will design and build on the ground for a real touch down the moon.
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"We are very pleased with the credibility of the European Space Agency," said Robert Bome, CEO and founder of PTScientists, in a press statement.
While the mission is being evaluated and hardware is created, ESA instructor Herve Stevenon and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer work together with geologists and engineers to simulate a lunar space walk in the desolate volcanic zone of Lanzarote, Spain as part of Pangaeya-X. This is a test campaign created by ESA to bring together its expertise in space exploration, high-tech exploration equipment and geology designed to train the crew members of this future mission.
Cosmic costumes are bulky, unpleasant things. They also limit the range of astronaut movements with a fairly large margin. You can not kneel or bend in a pressure suit in space, the gloves make it difficult to handle something, the movement of the hand is limited by the hinges of the suit, and the helmet restricts the field of view. The training of astronauts with Hervé tests operational concepts and prototypes of equipment designed to take into account this limited range of motion they will experience in a suit. Their ongoing training will make them feel relaxed after they step on the Moon.
"We do not have the lunar suit for these tests, but after spending hours in training with NASA space teams, we are used to mobility constraints. We have applied this knowledge – and our body memory – to testing the moon instruments, "says Erve.
The equipment of space travelers was equipped with video cameras that transmitted live emissions to scientists. Wide-angle video clips, 360 panoramas, close-ups, and microscopic images were sent to the space shuttle coordinator and other scientists watching the mission-simulated mission mission.
"The next generation of lunar researchers will be trained in relevant scientific disciplines, but Earth will always have more expertise," said Samuel Peyler, a research fellow at the European Astronautics Center in Cologne, Germany.
"The challenge is to pass on this expertise to astronauts on a moon path to make the best science-based decisions. Sharing real-time data, including images and video, is an essential part of this. "
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