OSIRIS-REx

OSIRIS-REx
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/osiris-rex/index.html

About OSIRIS-REx

OSIRIS-REx will travel to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and bring a small sample back to Earth for study. The mission is scheduled to launch Sept. 8, 2016. As planned, the spacecraft will reach its asteroid target in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.

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3D-PRINTING A LUNAR BASE

VIDEO – 3D-printing a lunar base

Could astronauts one day be printing rather than building a base on the Moon? In 2013 ESA, working with industrial partners, proved that 3D printing using lunar material was feasible in principle. Since then, work continues to investigate the technique. The shielding against radiation provided by a 3D-printed block of simulated lunar regolith was measured, providing important inputs for next-stage designs… Soon the Agency is due to investigate another lunar 3D printing method, harnessing concentrated sunlight to melt regolith rather than using a binding liquid. …

  • Title 3D-printing a lunar base
  • Released 06/11/2014
  • Length 00:04:54
  • Language English
  • Footage Type Documentary
  • Copyright Foster + Partners

BUILD A LUNAR BASE WITH A 3D PRINTER

31 January 2013

Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.

“Terrestrial 3D printing technology has produced entire structures,” said Laurent Pambaguian, heading the project for ESA.

“Our industrial team investigated if it could similarly be employed to build a lunar habitat.”

  • Title Lunar base made with 3D printing
  • Released 30/01/2013 10:33 am
  • Copyright ESA/Foster + Partners
  • DescriptionSetting up a future lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster+Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.

    The base is first unfolded from a tubular module that can be easily transported by space rocket. An inflatable dome then extends from one end of this cylinder to provide a support structure for construction. Layers of regolith are then built up over the dome by a robot-operated 3D printer (right) to create a protective shell.

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Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

RELEASE 13-325  November 5, 2013
NASA Selects Research Teams for New Virtual Institute

NASA has selected nine research teams from seven states for a new institute that will bring researchers together in a collaborative virtual setting to focus on questions concerning space science and human space exploration.

The teams participating in the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) will address scientific questions about the moon, near-Earth asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and their near space environments, in cooperation with international partners.

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2013 Lunar Science Virtual Forum: Archived Talks

The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) 1st annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF) was held in person July 21-23, 2014 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. The forum featured scientific discussions of exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars).

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The Solar System Exploration Research Institute (SSERVI) is pleased 2nd annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF), was  held July 21-23, 2015 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. The forum will featured scientific discussions of exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars). Science sessions focused on recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies.

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Lunar Base Project

Blender is a community effort – I need that – What would a lunar base look like?

Let me begin with, I need help. Too short of a span of attention.

Ever since buying an Amiga computer back in 1983 I had thought I would become a wiss at computer graphics and just maybe take us to the Moon visually if not actually. As it turned out too many distracting, interesting events and my graphics software soon would not work on newer computers. Not to worry, buy newer graphics programs, that I would again fail to spend enough time with to become proficient. http://lkellogg.vttoth.com/LarryRussellKellogg/moon.html

Now just a few years have gone by since starting to support NASA in 1983.(30yr)🙂

The Pioneer missions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 11 12 done, completed, finished. A few programs written, many enjoyable diversions. We sent Lunar Prospector to the Moon and I hijacked some data for a website, but no graphics, no movies, no Lunar Bases.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Prospector

Now we have the Internet and many programmers that are interested in developing visual presentations in cooperation and developing graphic software that can be used by anyone who can stick with it long enough to progress through the learning curve. Aaagh, there is that problem of attention span.
http://www.blender.org/community/get-involved/
http://wiki.blender.org/index.php
http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Manual

Once again I have been presented with a graphics program that shows promise.
Sintel is not a video about the Moon nor is the game one about a lunar base, still it shows what can be done with the Blender software with dedication and a lot participation. [Watch the credits at the end of the movie – LRK -]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blender_(software)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sintel
http://www.sintel.org/download/
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Uploaded on Sep 30, 2010
“Sintel” is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sintel_The_Game

It looks like the Blender software might be used to portray what it would be like to have a small lunar base. All those articles and pictures about going back to the Moon that could be used to tell a story of what it would be like at a lunar base. How nice it would be to actually see what it might be like on the Moon using software that anyone could help with.

Which again presents a problem for this person’s short attention span. Where would I even start? Well, down load the software. Done. Now what? Find the software is being used to teach graphics in Central Dauphin School District and be shamed into reading the Blender Basics – Classroom Tutorial Book and view the YouTube videos that help you with the book..
http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Books/Blender_Basics
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Uploaded on Apr 3, 2011
These videos are designed to go with the Blender Basics Classroom Tutorial Book Available for free download at:
http://www.cdschools.org/Page/455
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http://4chron.home.comcast.net/~4chron/CDCADTutorialsBB1.htm
http://4chron.home.comcast.net/~4chron/CDCADTutorials.htm
http://4chron.home.comcast.net/~4chron/
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Now to test my attention span. Read the above and work the examples. Then refer as necessary to the Users Manual.
http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Manual

And then there is “An introduction to BLENDER” a book for beginners. (Which I certainly am.) (305 pages, 23.7 MB)
http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Books/An_introduction_to_BLENDER_3D_a_book_for_beginners
http://download.blender.org/documentation/pdf/John%20M%20Blain%20-%20An%20Introduction%20To%20Blender%203D%20-%20A%20Book%20For%20Beginners%20(2011).pdf

Then there is the task of actually collecting reference materials and examples. Do I spend some time updating this https://lrkellogg.wordpress.com/ WordPress blog site I started back in 2011? Attention span!!!

Where should we set up the lunar base? I think at the lunar south pole region but there are a number interesting places. We are getting more and more high resolution images. How about Copernicus crater?
http://www.moonviews.com/
http://lunarscience.nasa.gov/articles/loirp-rereleases-copernicus-image/

Looks like I am going to need some help keeping me focused and on track.
Then again, maybe not a job for one person.
Please feel free to distract me.🙂
– LRK –

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LMMP – Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal

Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal

Portal UI Version 1.2.0.17 rc 1 Public Site
Need Flash Player 10x

Overall : 
OS : Windows XP, Windows 7, Linux, Solaris 9.x, MacOS 10.x
Memory : 1G RAM
Flash Player : 10.x
Internet Browser : Firefox 3.x, Chrome 6.x, Safari 4.x 5.x, IE 7.x
Graphics : 24bit, 1024 x 768

Portal UI : 
Flash Player enabled Internet Browser

LunarMapper : 
Javascript enabled Internet Browser

ILIADS:
Java Virtual Machine 1.6

The BROWSE tab will open the view of the Moon where you can do searches.

The HELP tab will take you to the LMMP Wiki

General Navigation

Click and Drag the Map to PAN around. Double-Click a point to ZOOM into that location by 1 Zoom Level. If your mouse has a wheel, scrolling up and down on the wheel will adjust the zoom level as well. Your last ZOOM option is to use the slider in the upper left of the portal.

The TOOL tab will take you to a page where you can down load the Java application where you can then do work on your own computer.  It will need to be connected to the Internet to down load images from different missions when needed to complete a view.

See the information on ILIADS

Integrated Lunar Information Architecture for Decision Support (ILIADS) is a lunar GIS that executes on a user-provided laptop or desk side computer. ILIADS supports 3D visualizations of the lunar surface, a suite of quantitative analysis tools, and analysis functions that can be invoked by user-developed scripts.

You will need to download the ILIADS software from the Portal TOOLS tab. Click on the .exe file that downloads to extract the software from the downloaded file. You will need Administrative privileges to successfully install the software.

Use the quick start guide (ILIADS_Quick_Start_Guide.pdf) to lead you through a hands-on overview of ILIADS capabilities. An ILIADS movie is also available (Iliads_LMMP_Demo.mov) to provide a demonstration of capabilities. There is also a preliminary user’s guide available (ILIADS_Release1_UsersGuide.pdf). This user’s guide will be updated for the next release of ILIADS.

ILIADS_Quick_Start_Guide.pdf (1.3 MB) Admin, LMMP, 03/25/2011 03:34 PM EDT

Iliads_LMMP_Demo.mov (221.1 MB) Admin, LMMP, 03/28/2011 12:50 PM EDT

ILIADS_Release1_Public_UsersGuide.pdf (10.5 MB) Admin, LMMP, 04/14/2011 03:37 PM EDT

Also available in: HTML TXT

– LRK  –

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MOON ZOO

MOON ZOO

Welcome to Moon Zoo

Welcome to Moon Zoo — with your help, we hope to study the lunar surface in unprecedented detail. Thanks to the help of the Moon Zoo community we have already visually classified 2,092,402 images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Read more about the LRO and Moon Zoo or learn how to take part.

Looks like an interesting web site that goes along with mapping the Moon and understanding what is there.  LRK

The MOON ZOO FORUM which I will have to look into.  LRK

This week, Moon Zoo celebrates its first year since launch back in May 2010.

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Lunar Atlas

Virtual Moon Atlas

Free software for Moon observation or survey

2009 : INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY
AND… NEW VMA “PRO” VERSION 5.1 

WITH : NEW EPURED AND DOUBLE WINDOWED INTERFACE
POSSIBLE FULL SCREEN DISPLAY
DYNAMIC SHADOWS ON TERMINATOR USED WITH PHASES DISPLAY
COORDINATES GRID SYSTEM WITH SETUP
POSSIBLE LUNAR POLES FLYBY
2 NEW VERY HIGH RESOLUTION TEXTURES
14 NEW COLOR SCIENTIFIC OVERLAYS
THIRD SCIENTIFIC DATABASE ABOUT LUNAR DOMES
MORE THAN 3000 NEW PICTURES FROM CONSOLIDATED LUNAR ATLAS
MORE THAN 150 NEW PICTURES FROM JAPANESE PROBE KAGUYA
POCKETLUN VERSION NOW FREELY DOWNLOADABLE

CONSOLIDATED LUNAR ATLAS

LUNAR ATLAS

Lunar Geology is made up of two major categories: Geochemistry (which is concerned with the sources, migrations, and current resting places of individual chemical elements), and Geophysics (which studies the densities, temperatures, and depths of boundaries of a planet’s crust, mantle, and core, as well as the physical properties of near-surface rocks such as magnetism and thermal conductivity).

Lunar Atlas Contains hundreds of named features of the Moon.

Phases of the Moon elucidates the often difficult to understand phases of the moon. We have created here an interactive visual tool that will help explain the complex and dynamic lunar cycle.

Lunar Eclipse Learn about the effects of a lunar eclipse on Lunar Prospector

Further Reading Expand your knowledge of the content provided here through related websites.
http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov/science/

SELENOGRAPHIA

Selenographia is the last of the three works which make up Inconstant Moon, the others being the original guided tours and the Cyclopedia Selenica reference zone.

Inconstant Moon has been generously allowed to use the magnificent photographs of the Consolidated Lunar Atlas, and has used these to build a set of 44 mosaic images which continuously cover the entire visible face of the Moon at a uniform scale.

It provides switchable overlays of feature names and lines of latitude and longitude, an intuitive system for panning across the lunar surface, a clickable gazetteer of named features and selectable orientation to match any configuration of lenses and mirrors from either hemisphere.

In addition, there are some fifty large-scale maps showing other aspects of the Moon such as nomenclature, geology, exploration and folklore figures.

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