December 5th: A New Way to Explore the Lunar Farside

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Date: December 5th, 2012

Title: A New Way to Explore the Lunar Farside

Podcaster: Nancy Atkinson and Dr. Jack Burns

Organization: NASA Lunar Science Institute

Links: Science Paper: A Lunar L2-Farside Exploration and Science Mission Concept with the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and a Teleoperated Lander/Rover

Music: “Amelia” by Ben Bedford

Description: We’ve been to the Moon, although 40 years ago now, with humans landing there during the Apollo program, and we’ve also explored the lunar surface with robotic spacecraft. But what about a combination of humans and robots working together? A group of lunar scientists have recently proposed a plan where Astronauts could remotely control spacecraft such as a rover on the surface of the Moon from lunar orbit.
Dr. Jack Burns from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Principal investigator for the Lunar team from NLSI discusses his new paper.

Bio: The NLSI brings together leading lunar scientists from around the world to further NASA lunar science and exploration.

Jack Burns is a Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs and Research for the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute’s Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR), a NASA-funded center. Read Dr. Burns’ full bio here.

Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and Senior Editor for Universe Today.

Today’s Sponsor:  OUTRO SPONSOR: Additional sponsorship for this episode of 365 days of astronomy was provided by Clear Skies Observing Guides, a Modern Day Celestial Handbook. skies observing guides, or CSOG, is a new concept in visual amateur astronomy. The observing guides contain thousands of objects to observe through amateur telescopes, with matching tours for GOTO telescopes and matching AstroPlanner plan-files. CSOG allows you to target deep-sky objects and carbon stars you never observed before, night after night. Wishing astronomers around the world: Clear skies..!

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About Nancy Atkinson

Nancy Atkinson writes daily for Universe Today, is a writer and editor-in-chief for Space Lifestyle Magazine, is on the production team for Astronomy Cast, and is part of the IYA New Media Working Group, helping to bring this podcast to you every day of 2009. She also is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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