Mission PI support for MoonLITE Phase A

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Mullard Space Science Laboratory


MoonLITE is a proposed UK led mission to the Moon involving the placement of four penetrators 3m below the lunar surface and diverse locations. A lunar orbiting spacecraft will relay information from the pentrators to Earth. During a one year mission the penetrators would make a range of scientific measurements including seismometry, geochemistry, heat flow and the detection and characterisation of volatiles within the permanently shaded polar craters. A phase A will be undertaken which will examine the feasibiltiy of the mission in detail, exploring in particular alternative technical solutions. The phase A will comprise two industrial studies (one at mission level, one at descent module level) and a study of the penetrators themselves through a grant to the UK penetrator consortium. NASA will also support the study. The grant requested here is to support the Mission PI in his role to coordinate this study. Given the complexity of the mission and novelty of some of the technologies involved, plus the UK-US dimension this study is non-trivial.


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Crawford I (2008) MoonLITE: A UK-led mission to the Moon in Astronomy & Geophysics

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Smith, A. And Crawford, I. A. And Gowen, R. A. And Pike, W. T. (2008) Penetrators as planetary probes and MoonLITE a proposed UK-led mission in Advances in Space Research

Description Not specific
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country France
Start 12/2010 
End 01/2013
Description Natural History Museum Nature Live evening event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 100 members of the public (adult) attended an evening discussion event at the the Natural History Museum on 'Alien Life'.

Feedback was excellent - public really enjoyed the discussion and highlights included being able to talk to a scientist (me) who was working currently working on this topic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
Description TV and Radio interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview

Increased public interest, general enquiries and industrial enquiries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010