“T-minus ten, nine, ignition sequence start, six, five, four, three, two, one…”
The Moon Pod crew will comprise four members, including myself as a medically-trained leader, due to limited seating capacity on the Orion capsule. While six crew members will originally make the trip to Gateway, only four will embark on the mission to the Shackleton Crater.
Every successful team needs a pilot, and there is no one better suited for that job than an experienced astronaut and former Marine pilot. The way she carries herself demands respect, yet puts others at ease, and her extensive resume provides her with unique abilities that allow her to remain calm under pressure and be decisive in high intensity situations.
With a background in mechanical engineering, the next member of the team solves mechanical problems and installs solar cells along the impact crater’s outer rim which receives uninterrupted sunlight. His infectious laughter and charming ability to make others smile provides an invaluable asset to the team.
The final member of the team is a lunar geochemist with an intense understanding of the Moon’s geography and history. Her optimistic nature, meticulous planning, passionate curiosity, and research career alongside NASA scientists coupled with experience collecting ice cores in Greenland makes her the perfect candidate for the week-long expedition.
In order to facilitate future excavation of resources from the Moon’s crust for in-situ resource utilization, a mass spectrometer is the perfect tool for a primary mission to the Moon’s south pole. A mass spectrometer can provide data to determine the relative frequency of various ions within a lunar sample. These data can be used to map regions of the Moon for the density of useful isotopes, like Helium-3, to be used in a fusion reaction alongside deuterium in order to generate power.
“...zero. All engines running.”