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Geocaching on the Moon

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Abstract

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth—the closest celestial object to our home planet. Appearing in folktales of almost all cultures, the Moon has fascinated people for thousands of years. Even though humanity has accomplished great achievement of lunar exploration, only 12 people have thus far landed on the Moon; It remains inaccessible for the rest of us. To rectify this, The Moon Exploration is a geocaching, multiplayer, mixed reality game that brings the Moon down to the Earth so that people can have access to it. Using the most up to date scientific data, players can explore in the game as if they were the astronauts exploring on the Moon. The location-based mapping scheme maps a lunar location to places on the Earth, so people can explore the Moon in the virtual world while moving around on the Earth. The game-playing facilitates communication and social interactions among players, which could facilitate the formation of a large lunar geocaching community on the Earth.

Abbreviations

AR

Augmented Reality

ARTEMIS

Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun

DEM

Digital Elevation Model—a digital model for 3D presentation of a terrain’s surface, created from terrain elevation data

ESA

European Space Agency

GPS

Global Positioning System

GRAIL

Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory

ISS

International Space Station

JAXA

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

LAC

Lunar Aeronautical Chart

LADEE

Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer

LCROSS

Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite

LRO

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

LROC

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

QR code

Quick Response Code

SELENE

Selenological and Engineering Explorer (JAXA)

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

VR

Virtual Reality

WAC

Wide Angle Camera

Notes

Acknowledgements

I am very grateful to the Editors and two anonymous reviewers for their constructive and insightful comments. I would also like to thank my colleague Ernest Wright for his proof reading and comments that greatly improve the exposition of the manuscript. All remaining errors are my own.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Scientific Visualization Studio at Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  2. 2.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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