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Lunar approach and landing scenario

Arecibo Observatory/Cornell Univ. (courtesy D. Campebell)

The planned EuroMoon 2000 mission sequence in lunar orbit consists of:

The duration of the Lander's surface operations is, in principle, not limited (permanent sunlight). The primary mission, however, may last in the order of four months, whilst the Orbiter's global mapping and other science operations will continue for a further 8 9 months.

An alternative mission concept would use the Lander and the Orbiter as satellite and subsatellite, respectively, for the gravity experiment (although this has not yet been analysed in detail).

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Right Left Up Home EuroMoon 2000 (BR-122).
Published December 1996.
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