Prof. Neil Bowles
|Date||Talk at GAS meeting|
|7 Jan 2021||A Zoom talk: The latest news of Lunar Exploration
Measurements by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Diviner radiometer instrument have revealed the Moon’s surface to be one of temperature extremes, from over 100 C at noon on the equator to some of the lowest recorded naturally occurring temperatures at the poles of < -240 C. Why is this the case? And what does it mean for the future of planetary science and exploration of the solar system? Our space instrumentation, laboratory and numerical modelling work in Oxford are helping with the next generation of missions to airless bodies in our solar system, including NASA’s recently confirmed Lunar Trailblazer small satellite.