: Challenges and Benefits of Excavation and Construction on the Moon.
The Moon has a wealth of resources to enable sustainable human exploration. These resources are primarily in the form of regolith (Moon dirt), and cold-trapped volatiles in the Permanently Shadowed Regions of the lunar poles. Obtaining resources in the lunar environment is not easy. The lunar environment is particularly harsh, and engineering feats are needed to overcome the difficulties of mining and building on the lunar surface. This presentation includes an introduction to the lunar surface environment and the resources known to be present, in the context of excavation and construction on the Moon.
Dr. Jennifer Edmunson
is currently the project manager of the Moon to Mars Planetary Autonomous Construction Technology (MMPACT) lunar construction project at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). She has been supporting MSFC since 2008 in various roles including as a postdoc, planetary geologist, in-space manufacturing engineer, Technical Fellow in Science, and very recently as a civil servant. She earned her Ph.D from the university of New Mexico in Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2007, specializing in the radioisotope geochemistry of the Moon and Mars.