Dear Moon Zoo,
I am mastering a project, The Big Moon Dig, designed to use e-games based on real science data to bootstrap our way back to the Moon. We now have about two years work in on this project.
I would very much like access to any images you have of our two best lunar settlement sites (Mt. Malapert, and Massif Scott A). I would be most happy to do the crater work for these sites and the surrounding terrain in return.
___________________- Massif Scott A (image attached) as seen from above the South Pole (LRO Data/NASA, USA)
For your reference, Massif Scott A Massif (our best site) is at:
24.0E to 38E, about 36 kilometers, a peak of eternal light
-84.7S to -85.4S, about 20 kilometers
The main site is on an ancient east-west basin rim (South Pole Aitken Basin) about 120 kilometers from the lunar South Pole. Directly below this ridge are several permanently shaded craters (Hawthorn, etc.) which are good sources of volatiles. As you can see in the LRO altimeter derived image above there are at least four trails with slopes less than 15 degrees leading from our site to the dark craters. Any good rover can handle 15 degree slopes.
A more detailed discussion of the Big Moon Dig can be found at:
Big Moon Dig Web Site: http://bigmoondig.com/BigMoonDig.html
Game Development Document (GDD) http://bigmoondig.com/Games/BigMoonDigGDD.pdf
One easy way to quickly understand our approach is to read our science fiction short story:
“Big Moon Dig”, Science Fiction Short Story (16 pages): http://bigmoondig.com/Stories/BMDBigMoonDigStory.pdf
The Big Moon Dig