A lunar outpost will have to be built in a safe, relatively flat location that is easy to reach on foot or by Moon buggy.
Apollo 15 Landing Site
What science can we do? Depending on where we go, we can learn different things about how the Moon formed and has changed. We can set up telescopes
to monitor Earth
or to look deep
When we select a lunar outpost site, we need to consider all of these things!
Tools / equipment
Ways to move around
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission
LRO spacecraft launched on June 18, 2009
It will orbit the Moon, collecting data to:
Characterize solar radiation on the lunar surface and how it might impact humans and materials
Make a high resolution global, 3-D map of the Moon’s surface so we can select landing sites
Make very detailed maps of the Moon’s resources and the Moon’s polar regions to see if water ice is present.
Just like NASA teams of scientists and engineers, you and your team will propose a site for a future lunar outpost and debate why it should be chosen.
Review the data for the different possible lunar outpost sites
Select the site that has the fewest risks and most benefits in your view