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Re: AW: Repeater on the Moon


Why complicate your life?  There are several places near the south pole of the Moon that have a day/night cycle in the 90/10  percent range.  It is MUCH easier to keep a solar powered system alive and warm for a day or three rather than for two weeks as is the case that you all have been talking about.  If you do a google search and find the Clementine data set there is a movie of potential sites at the south pole that are of this type.

There is at least one or two that are full sun for 99.5-100% of the time.  Now you get into precision landing issues but it is much easier to do this today than it was 35 years ago, especially when you are able to keep line of site to the lander on the way down.

The really nice thing about this is that you could team with some of the NASA probes or the commerical wannabes that want to do this and horsetrade RF knowledge in return for a payload on the lander.  Hint hint hint to those out there who want to do this.

I am actually interested in this particular site as it is the best place for a radio relay from potential landers into the permanently dark areas where thee water is.  Fortunately these are directly adjacent to the permanently lit areas.

I can guarantee you that this will be one more valuable tower location.  There is more at this location than just the tippy top, if you belive the Clementine imagery.


On Mon, 28 Apr 2003 13:35:30  
 Bob Bruninga wrote:
>> there is a place on the Moon where most if not all of the cold soak
>> thermal problems go away.  That is on Malpert Mountain at about 83
>> degrees south latitude (if my memory serves).  This location is in
>> permanent sun or nearly so AND has 100% line of site to the Earth.
>Yes, but there are still mounumental challenges:
>There is only one single point (the tippy top) that could possibly be
>in full sun during the 360 degree rotation of the moon.  Without an
>atmosphere to move heat around,  just being 3 feet into a shadow is not
>much different from being 3 days into a shadow.
>So you either have to climb to the tippy top of the mountain, and install
>a mast so that the device can be always illuminated from all 360 degrees
>or you have to install multiple thermal collectors and radiators to move
>the heat around from those panels that are on the sunny side to those that
>are in the shade at any particular time..
>And getting the Astronauts to climb a mountain is another challenge..

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