Whitepaper #001 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: habitability and water; Mercury and/or the Moon; other science themes: Gamma ray transmutation studies
Beyond Earth’s magnetosphere is a spectrum of extra-gallactic energetic photons of mysterious origin. Called the “gamma fog” this source of gamma rays provides a unique opportunity to study neutron generation (from beryllium) and the use of such neutrons to transmute elements found in the lunar crust. There are also many commercial applications.