Exploring the Moon and Mars: Choices for the Nation
An assessment of the potential for automation and robotics technology to assist in the exploration of the Moon and Mars, and how greater attention to automation and robotics technologies could contribute to U.S. space exploration efforts. Also discusses the goals of the U.S. civilian space program. Charts and tables.
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Page iv - NOTE: OTA appreciates and is grateful for the valuable assistance and thoughtful critiques provided by the advisory panel members. The panel does not, however, necessarily approve, disapprove, or endorse this report. OTA assumes full responsibility for the report and the accuracy of its contents.
Page 105 - OTA's basic function is to help legislative policymakers anticipate and plan for the consequences of technological changes and to examine the many ways, expected and unexpected, in which technology affects people's lives.
Page 36 - States Parties to the Treaty shall pursue studies of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies and conduct exploration of them, so as to avoid their harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter and, where necessary, shall adopt appropriate measures for this purpose.
Page 97 - The preservation of the role of the United States as a leader in aeronautical and space science and technology and in the application thereof to the conduct of peaceful activities within and outside the atmosphere...
Page 20 - Earth Orbiter to Earth two-way radio link: Orbiter science data Lander relay data Engineering telemetry Doppler and range signals Commands...
Page 17 - The Decade of Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1991), p. 7. 47Russell M. Genet, "Small Robotic Telescopes on the Moon," a workshop summary, Tucson, AZ, Nov.