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Tools have been developed to model and simulate the effects of lunar landing vehicles on the lunar environment Metzger, 2011, mostly addressing the effects of regolith erosion by rocket plumes and the fate of the ejected lunar soil particles Metzger, 2010. These tools are being applied at KSC to predict ejecta from the upcoming Google Lunar X-Prize Landers and how they may damage the historic Apollo landing sites. The emerging interest in lunar mining poses a threat of contamination to pristine craters at the lunar poles, which act as -cold traps- for water and may harbor other valuable minerals Crider and Vondrak 2002. The KSC Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab tools have been expanded to address the probability for contamination of these pristine -cold trap- craters.



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