Recordings of the Apollo 11 moon landing to be auctioned at Sotheby's

James Marshall
July 4, 2019

NASA did not say when or how it plans to send any of these payloads to the Moon.

A technology demonstration that aims to test a radiation-tolerant computing system.

These new payloads are a mix of old equipment that has flown before and new hardware.

Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration 2 (RISE2) from Stony Brook University, New York, will look into how the environments on other planets impact the human bodies by analyzing the reaction of regolith in connection to animal tissues and cells. The other five will demonstrate new technologies.

"The selected lunar payloads represent cutting-edge innovations, and will take advantage of early flights through our commercial services project", said in a statement Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Geophysical Exploration Of the Dynamics and Evolution of the Solar System (GEODES), from the University of Maryland in College Park, will use geophysical modeling and laboratory methods to describe the general evolution, steadiness, and volatile content of the Moon and asteroid sub-surfaces. Last but not least, the researchers will work on the effects radiation could have on space explorers, and the places radiation has more considerable influence. Components of this experiment were derived from a commercial payload facility called Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) now on the International Space Station.

A flexible camera system for conducting lunar studies.

Artemis on the Moon. The robot will be able to investigate the magnetic swirls and characterize the ice at lunar pits, as well as deploying future mobile instruments on the Moon's surface, the company said in its announcement today.

LEXI will capture images of the interaction of solar wind with the Earth's magnetosphere.

The Next Generation Lunar Retroreflectors (NGLR) will serve as a target for lasers on Earth to precisely measure the Earth-Moon distance. Planetary scientist Paul Hayne, who is leading the development of the instrument, said that the goal is to collect better maps of the lunar surface to understand how it formed and its geologic history.

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