Cryogenics for lunar exploration
As part of the refocusing of NASA from Space Station research to exploration research, we are pursuing a number of proposed and funded projects for lunar exploration using cryogenic techniques. This paper gives a summary of these projects which include: (1) Using passive radiative cooling for separation and storage of volatiles from lunar regolith; (2) Studies of boiling and two-phase flow under lunar gravity; (3) SQUID-based MRI for monitoring astronaut health; (4) Studies of volatiles and water ice in permanently shadowed craters at the lunar poles; and (5) Seismic search for strange quark matter using the Moon as a large and seismically quiet detector.
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Talso Chui, Burt Zhang, M. Barmatz, Inseob Hahn, Konstantin Penanen, Charles Hays, Donald Strayer, Yuanming Liu, Fang Zhong, Joseph Young, Tom Radey, Jack Jones, Nicholas Galitzki, Nixon Li, Leyan Lo, Steven Horikoshi, Shawna Hollen, Ho Jung Paik, Cryogenics for lunar exploration, Cryogenics, Volume 46, Issues 2–3, February–March 2006, Pages 74-81, ISSN 0011-2275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cryogenics.2005.10.006. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001122750500144X)
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