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How We'll Get Back to the Moon Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will again explore the surface of the moon. And this time, we're going to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond. There are echoes of the iconic images of the past, but it won't be your grandfather's moon shot. Image left: NASA's new Crew Exploration Vehicle and lander head for lunar orbit.
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It’s almost 40 years since the last humans visited the lunar surface during the Apollo 17 mission of December 1972. Indeed, the last controlled landing on the moon was just four years later when the Soviet Union’s sample-return mission, Luna 24, touched down in July 1976. Since then, nothing (although in recent years both the US and India have crashed probes into the lunar surface).
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As a former NASA executive, I am saddened by the media response to Newt Gingrich's proposal that we return to the moon. The mockery and ridicule does America a great disservice. Space exploration and development is an important national issue. It's not only possible and necessary to safeguard our future—it can be a lot cheaper than anybody dreams. To recap: During the Jan. 26 Republican primary debate in Florida, Mr. Gingrich proposed that we return to the moon within eight years to establish a lunar colony, asserting that the benefits to America would be tremendous.
Moon Express Announces Dr. Alan Stern as Chief Scientist | Hosts Gala Celebration Of New Space Era Tonight | Portal to the Universemoonandback 21 Jul 2011, 21:53 UTC (200 words excerpt, click title or image to see full post) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Moon Express, a Google Lunar X PRIZE contender, revealed Wednesday that internationally recognized planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern will be the Chief Scientist and Mission Architect for the company. The announcement was made as lunar scientists from around the world gather at the NASA Ames Research Park for their annual Lunar Science Forum, convened by the NASA Lunar Science Institute.
Moon Moon Express Announces Dr. Alan Stern as Chief Scientist | Hosts Gala Celebration Of New Space Era Tonight MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Moon Express, a Google Lunar X PRIZE contender, revealed Wednesday that internationally recognized planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern will be the Chief Scientist and Mission Architect for the company.
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1986 artist concept The colonization of the Moon is the proposed establishment of permanent human communities or robot industries [ 1 ] on the Moon . Recent indication that water might be present in noteworthy quantities at the Lunar poles has increased interest in the Moon.
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