Lander and rover exploration on the lunar surface: A study for SELENE-B mission

T. Okada*, S. Sasaki, T. Sugihara, K. Saiki, H. Akiyama, M. Ohtake, H. Takeda, Nobuyuki Hasebe, M. Kobayashi, J. Haruyama, K. Shirai, M. Kato, T. Kubota, Y. Kunii, Y. Kuroda

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    The SELENE-B, a lunar landing mission, has been studied in Japan, where a scientific investigation plan is proposed using a robotic rover and a static lander. The main theme to be investigated is to clarify the lunar origin and evolution, especially for early crustal formation process probably from the ancient magma ocean. The highest priority is placed on a direct in situ geology at a crater central peak, "a window to the interior", where subcrustal materials are exposed and directly accessed without drilling. As a preliminary study was introduced by Sasaki et al. [Sasaki, S., Kubota, T., Okada, T. et al. Scientific exploration of lunar surface using a rover in Japanse future lunar mission. Adv. Space Res. 30, 1921-1926, 2002.], the rover and lander are jointly used, where detailed analyses of the samples collected by the rover are conducted at the lander. Primary scientific instruments are a multi-band stereo imager, a gamma-ray spectrometer, and a sampling tool on the rover, and a multi-spectral telescopic imager, a sampling system, and a sample analysis package with an X-ray spectrometer/diffractometer, a multi-band microscope as well as a sample cleaning and grinding device on the lander.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)88-92
    Number of pages5
    JournalAdvances in Space Research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • Crater central peak
    • Evolution
    • Gamma-ray spectrometer
    • Lander
    • Lunar exploration
    • Lunar geology
    • Lunar orgin
    • Manipulator
    • Moon
    • Pinpoint landing
    • Rover
    • SELENE-B
    • Stereoscopic navigation camera
    • XRF/XRD

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Space and Planetary Science
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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