Special Issue "Future of Lunar Exploration"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Satellite Missions for Earth and Planetary Exploration".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 3819
Interests: lunar regolith properties and shallow structure
The Moon has captivated humans since we first set eyes on it as the most prominent object in the night sky. The mysteries of the origin and evolution of the Moon continue to attract the interest and excitement of scientists and engineers worldwide. Since the first spacecraft, Luna 2, reached the lunar surface in 1959, humans have conducted more than 100 lunar exploration missions, culminating when Apollo astronauts stepped on the Moon in 1969–1972. In the 21st century, more probes with new detection technology have been deployed, including SMART-1; SELENE; Chandrayaan-1 and Chandrayaan-2; LCROSS; LRO; GRAIL; LADEE; and CE-1, CE-2, CE-3, CE-4, and CE-5, providing new insight into lunar science. In these missions, remote sensing is the most critical detection method, such as optical image, multiple-wavelength spectroscopy, passive and active microwave, gamma-ray, X-ray, neutron, etc. In the upcoming decades, lunar exploration will usher in new development. Represented by the Artemis program proposed by NASA of the United States, plans for crewed flights followed by moonbases were declared by the US, Russia, ESA, China, Japan, and India.
For this Special issue, “Future of Lunar Exploration”, we are inviting contributions on new findings in the field of lunar science, covering methods and applications, as well as overview papers. The topics include but are not limited to analysis of data from current or past explore missions, instrument concepts for planned or future missions, modeling of the remote sensing observations of the lunar surface or interior, laboratory analysis of returned samples, and Earth-based observation of the Moon.
Dr. Jianqing Feng
Prof. Dr. Jianzhong Liu
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- lunar exploration
- lunar geology
- satellite remote sensing
- data processing and interpretation
- numerical modeling
- sample analysis
- earth-based observation