Back to the Moon to stay

Marcos Rincon Voelzke & Amauri Jos̩ da Luz Pereira РCruzeiro do Sul University

On the eve of humanity’s return to the Moon, after another five decades, the GLEE Great Lunar Expedition for Everyone project, led by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium team, linked to the University of Colorado, received in 2021 a mission to change the way how the world views lunar science. It is an international student mission to send hundreds of miniature spacecraft called LunaSats to the surface of the Moon to carry out scientific and technological experiments through the hands-on participation of students from around the world. The programming, based on an Arduino platform, will collect environmental data on the surface of the Moon during two lunar days, through sensors of temperature, magnetic field, composition of lunar rocks, accelerometer and impacts of small meteorites against the lunar soil. These sensors are mounted on a board equipped with a solar power supply system and a transceiver for receiving commands and transmitting data to Earth. By the end of 2022, the project had 202 teams from 22 countries and the present work will report the participation of the only team of Brazilian students, all from High School, and how the opportunity to indirectly participate in the Artemis Project has awakened the taste for Astronomy, Astronautics and Space Sciences among these students.

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Back to the Moon to stay