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Southwest Research Institute lands far side lunar mission

Katie Langford

June 22, 2021

YAHOO NEWS! - Boulder's Southwest Research Institute will participate in a new lunar investigation funded by NASA to study the far side of the moon.

The moon's sides have different crust thickness, compositions and cratering. Once they land in the 200-mile-wide Schrödinger basin, the instruments designed by SwRI and Texas Tech University will measure heat flow and how the moon's interior conducts electricity by looking at electric and magnetic fields. 

The Lunar Instrumentation for Thermal Exploration with Rapidity, or LISTER, is designed by a Texas Tech team led by principal investigator Seiichi Nagihara. It uses a pneumatic drill to dig up to 10 feet into the moon.

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