By Frederick I. Ordway
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Planning for lunar exploration can include rather firm plans for experi ments early in the exploration period, but supported by transportation systems and mission support equipment which will permit shifts in emphasis 32 RODNEY W. J O H N S O N A N D P H I L I P M. SMITH as more knowledge is obtained. The scientific questions related to the M o o n which have been framed by the Space Science Board of the National Academy of Sciences permit the formulation of a comprehensive lunar exploration program .
In this respect, space will provide a valuable contribution, as well. There is, moreover, a relationship between these two programs which can be expressed as a demonstration of the national will successfully to perform complex and costly enterprises. This cannot be interpreted as a direct contribution to national security, but it can be read as an indication that a unique characteristic of the American people is their collective will to support these enterprises. The implied understanding that the United States' security posture is improved in direct proportion to the space commitment has rallied many supporters to the program whose allegiance would otherwise have been else where.
TABLE X L ANTARCTIC-LUNAR ANALOGY Moon Antarctica Environment Snow Soil-rock Crevesses Rilles-craters Reduced press—cold Very long d a y - n i g h t intervals (6 m o n t h ) L o n g d a y - n i g h t intervals (14 days) Dry Dry Vacuum—cold Locomotion Tracked Vehicles Wheeled vehicles Sledges Flying vehicles Aircraft Shelter Indigenous materials—tents Preconstructed Below ground Above ground Crude Sophisticated Logistics Bulky Compact Plentiful Limited Construction Simple Difficult S o m e prefab All prefab Capability important Capability not t o o important Early missions Geology Geology Geophysics Geophysics Mineral exploration Geochemistry Role of man Vital Designed into mission Loose control Tight control ANTARCTIC RESEARCH A N D LUNAR EXPLORATION 43 Indeed, neither Antarctica nor the M o o n are within the framework of tradi tional economic and political values.
Advances in space science and technology. Vol.10 by Frederick I. Ordway