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Farside explorer: unique science from a mission to the farside of the moon

Mimoun, David and Wieczorek, Mark A. and Alkalai, Leon and Banerdt, W. Bruce and Baratoux, David and Bougeret, Jean-Louis and Bouley, Sylvain and Cecconi, Baptiste and Falcke, Heino and Flohrer, Joachim and Garcia, Raphael F. and Grimm, Robert and Grott, Matthias and Gurvits, Leonid and Jaumann, Ralf and Johnson, Catherine L. and Knapmeyer, Martin and Kobayashi, Naoki and Konovalenko, Alexander and Lawrence, David and Le Feuvre, Mathieu and Lognonné, Philippe and Neal, Clive and Oberst, Jürgen and Olsen, Nils and Röttgering, Huub and Spohn, Tilman and Vennerstrom, Susanne and Woan, Graham and Zarka, Philippe (2012) Farside explorer: unique science from a mission to the farside of the moon. Experimental Astronomy, 33 (2-3). pp. 529-585. ISSN 0922-6435. doi:10.1007/s10686-011-9252-3.

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Farside Explorer is a proposed Cosmic Vision medium-size mission to the farside of the Moon consisting of two landers and an instrumented relay satellite. The farside of the Moon is a unique scientific platform in that it is shielded from terrestrial radio-frequency interference, it recorded the primary differentiation and evolution of the Moon, it can be continuously monitored from the Earth–Moon L2 Lagrange point, and there is a complete lack of reflected solar illumination from the Earth. Farside Explorer will exploit these properties and make the first radio-astronomy measurements from the most radio-quiet region of near-Earth space, determine the internal structure and thermal evolution of the Moon, from crust to core, and quantify impact hazards in near-Earth space by the measurement of flashes generated by impact events. The Farside Explorer flight system includes two identical solar-powered landers and a science/telecommunications relay satellite to be placed in a halo orbit about the Earth–Moon L2 Lagrange point. One lander would explore the largest and oldest recognized impact basin in the Solar System— the South Pole–Aitken basin—and the other would investigate the primordial highlands crust. Radio astronomy, geophysical, and geochemical instruments would be deployed on the surface, and the relay satellite would continuously monitor the surface for impact events.

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Mimoun, David0000-0002-3427-2974
Bouley, Sylvain0000-0003-0377-5517
Garcia, Raphael F.0000-0003-1460-6663
Additional Information:© The Author(s) 2011. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited. Received: 6 February 2011 / Accepted: 4 August 2011 / Published online: 27 October 2011. The authors would like to thank Astrium Satellites and Thales Alenia Space who contributed to the preparation of this paper. Claude Jaupart, George Smoot, Sean Solomon, and Stuart Ross Taylor are thanked for their support of this mission proposal. For a complete listing of the supporting individuals, visit the web site
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Subject Keywords:Moon · Farside · Radio astronomy · Geophysics · Impact flux · ESA’s Cosmic Vision program
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