A wealth of benefits would flow naturally from the EuroMoon
- a unified European approach to the future phased lunar
initiative, rather than splintered bilateral efforts
motivation of new talents and stimulation of the next generation
of physicists and engineers, enhancing their interest in pursuing
the innovations in science and technology that Europe badly needs
to resolve both current and future problems here on Earth, and
to develop its future space programmes
- stimulation of
innovative solutions, as a result of the mission's short
development phase and competitive design philosophy, giving
priority to novel management and procurement approaches and rapid
assessments and validations using early simulations and tests
- promotion of 'Science of the Moon', with the in-situ
exploration of the Aitken Basin, in particular, likely leading
to a better understanding of the Moon's origin, and consequently
also that of the Earth, and providing the first accurate global
digital elevation map (i.e. recovery of the MORO mission's
- demonstration of the technologies and
operational scenarios needed for future lunar and planetary
(Mars) programme elements
- economic and industrial gains
from taking the lead in future lunar exploration, making Europe
the favoured partner for future international collaboration.
- the ability of the Lander to serve as a beacon and a
surveying and communications station, thereby serving as a first
'infrastructure element' for the future evolution of a Lunar
South Pole Base.
EuroMoon 2000 (BR-122).
Published December 1996.
Developed by ESA-ESRIN ID/D.