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Nomadic Exploration

Nomadic Exploration

Like nomadic and migratory species traveling in search of sustenance and temperate climate, Nomadic Rovers will navigate entire moons and planets. Nomadic Rovers are cold-blooded, energy gathering, resource-aware agents that discover and exploit routes of eternal light. Points of eternal light may not exist in the universe, but infinite routes of eternal light await discovery. Regions of moderate climate may not exist, but continuous mild temperatures will exist along planetary routes. The discovery of such sun-lit temperate routes enables a fundamentally improved means of exploring a planetary body: long-term, continuous, and nomadic surface missions. Existence of circumnavigation routes was speculated on in the Phase I study. At that time map resolution was too low to enable route-finding and validation of route existence. New detailed surface maps for the Moon, Mars, Mercury, and some asteroids now exist, and the time is right for a great leap of viability for the visionary concept of Nomadic Exploration.

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