Challenges for machines on the moon

Extreme lunar temperatures continue to pose challenges for machines operating on the moon. Recently, Intuitive Machines’ lander, Odysseus, experienced permanent damage attributed to the harsh cold. However, a Japanese moon lander has demonstrated resilience by successfully awakening after enduring the frigid lunar night, lasting 14 days. During this period, it was strategically placed into a dormant state to safeguard against the detrimental effects of the extreme cold.

For establishing a permanent base on the moon, the poles offer a strategic advantage due to the continuous availability of sunlight and light. However, in regions outside the poles, alternative solutions will be imperative to contend with fluctuating temperatures and reliance on solar power. Otherwise, operations would be limited to the lunar day cycle, necessitating a 14-day wait for machines to resume activity.

Source: The Economist

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