Lunar soil will be a source of water and fuel for space missions
During the last 4, 5 billion years the lunar surface exposed to solar and cosmic radiation, which it subsequently turns into soil regolith - gray and dry the remaining ground. For many amazing fact that it contains water which can be collected and used in long-term space missions. The European Space Agency knows about it, and therefore announced its intention to start production of the lunar soil in 2025. Of course, to help him come to many aerospace companies in Europe.
The announcement was made in a very symbolic time - the night of a lunar eclipse, the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the first manned mission to the moon. To succeed in the production of the lunar soil, the space agency has signed a contract with a fairly young company ArianeGroup, which was founded in 2015, Airbus forces and Safran SA. Developing lunar rover will German startup PTScientists, and ground control - Space Application Services Belgian company experts. To start to use the booster "Ariane-64" with four accelerators. In fact, it - a heavy modification of the rocket "Ariane-6" with increased power. The original rocket is intended only for output payload into low support or geosynchronous transfer orbit, and its first flight is scheduled for 2020.
Mission positioned as "100 percent European Consortium" and includes means for launching the spacecraft, they are sent to lunar orbit execution of landings and establish communication with Earth. According to André-Hubert Roussel, head ArianeGroup, a mission to collect lunar soil - a great opportunity to experience the possibilities of "Ariane-64."
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