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The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon
FIGURE 6.5 Energetic neutral atom (ENA) image at ~20 keV to 50 keV from an equatorial perspective. Data from Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE)-high-energy neutral-atom imager instrument. SOURCE: Courtesy of J. Burch, Southwest Research Institute, D. Mitchell, and P. Brandt with support from NASA under contract NAS5-96020.
and depth of expertise to perform a thorough evaluation of the many issues that need examination. A thorough study is required.
Recommendation 5: The committee recommends that NASA consult scientific experts to evaluate the suitability of the Moon as an observational site for studies of Earth, heliophysics, astronomy, astrophysics, and astrobiology. Such a study should refer to prior NRC decadal surveys and their established priorities.