Antarctic Research and Lunar Exploration: Useful Parallels

by Dr. Rodney W. Johnson, SRS Technologies, United States,
Terry Kingsley, SRS Technologies, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


Review of the process of scientific exploration in the Antarctic may provide insights into areas that might pose problems to man when further exploration of the lunar surface is begun. Antarctic research has addressed issues which appear relevant to future lunar endeavors: man and the environment; program planning; logistics; shelter and protective construction techniques; and transportation needs. This paper reviews these subjects, comparing exploration of the Antarctic with future lunar exploration programs. Careful buildup of operational capabilities is essential to extending stay-times and ultimately achieving a permanent manned presence on the Moon. As operational capabilities evolve from existing technology so will scientific missions.

Subject Headings: Moon | Space construction | Construction methods | Space colonies | Logistics | Space exploration | Protective structures

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