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Survive and Operate Through the Lunar Night Workshop
NASA will host a one-day workshop to discuss the challenges and opportunities for surviving and potentially operating through the 14-day lunar night. One of the key capabilities for performing long-duration missions on the lunar surface is survival, and ultimately operational viability, through the lunar night. The ability to survive and operate through the lunar night is also relevant to operations in permanently shadowed areas of the Moon, areas of great interest for science and resource prospecting. As NASA and commercial ventures plan for increasingly complex and capable science and exploration missions to the surface of the Moon, information is sought from the broader community on capabilities to enable these activities to be productive through multiple lunar day/night cycles. Participants are welcome from industry, academia, the lunar science community, and other government agencies.
This workshop will address mission opportunities, science needs, and technical challenges as well as provide a discussion forum to creatively seek solutions to meet the objectives for the near- and long-term lunar surface missions of NASA and other agencies.