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How We'll Get Back to the Moon. 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.

How We'll Get Back to 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. Click to enlarge. This journey begins soon, with development of a new spaceship. The centerpiece of this system is a new spacecraft designed to carry four astronauts to and from the moon, support up to six crewmembers on future missions to Mars, and deliver crew and supplies to the International Space Station.

The new crew vehicle will be shaped like an Apollo capsule, but it will be three times larger, allowing four astronauts to travel to the moon at a time. The new ship can be reused up to 10 times. Safe and reliable. Why The Moon? <center><div class="site_errors"><div class="floatType_site_error_top"></div><div class="floatType_site_error"><table summary="layout table"><tr><td bgcolor="#000000"><font color="#ffffff"><h2><img src="/templateimages/redesign/modules/overlay/site_error.gif" title="Site Error" alt="Site Error"/>There's a problem with your browser or settings.

Why The Moon?

</h2></font><font color="#ffffff"><p>Your browser or your browser's settings are not supported. To get the best experience possible, please download a compatible browser. If you know your browser is up to date, you should check to ensure that javascript is enabled. The Scientific Case For A Return To The Moon. It’s almost 40 years since the last humans visited the lunar surface during the Apollo 17 mission of December 1972.

The Scientific Case For A Return To The Moon

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). So it’s high time we returned to the lunar surface, say Ian Crawford at Birkbeck College in London and a few buddies.

Today, they outline of the reasons why and say they are more compelling than ever. For a start, the Moon is a good place to learn about the Earth. By some estimates there could be as much as 200 kilograms of Earth per square lunar kilometre. Astronaut Explains Why We Should Return to the Moon. Want to stay on top of all the space news?

Astronaut Explains Why We Should Return to the Moon

Follow @universetoday on Twitter Astronaut Ronald J. Garan. Photo Credit: NASA. Charles Miller: Back to the Moon—For a Fraction of the Old Price. Moon Express Announces Dr. Alan Stern as Chief Scientist. Moonandback21 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.

Moon Express Announces Dr. Alan Stern as Chief Scientist

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. Dr. Dr. Note: All formatting and links have been removed - click title or image to see full article. Moon Express Hires Chief Scientist, Hosts Gala Celebration. Moon Moon Express Announces Dr.

Moon Express Hires Chief Scientist, Hosts Gala Celebration

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. We Choose the Moon: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing. Lunar Pioneer. Colonization of the Moon. 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 renewed interest in the Moon. Polar colonies could also avoid the problem of long lunar nights – about 354 hours,[2] a little more than two weeks – and take advantage of the sun continuously, at least during the local summer (there is no data for the winter yet).[3] Permanent human habitation on a planetary body other than the Earth is one of science fiction's most prevalent themes.

As technology has advanced, and concerns about the future of humanity on Earth have increased, the argument that space colonization is an achievable and worthwhile goal has gained momentum.[4][5] Because of its proximity to Earth, the Moon has been seen as the most obvious natural expansion after Earth. Proposals[edit] In 1954, science-fiction author Arthur C. The Moon is a KREEPy place. Posted by Emily Lakdawalla Topics: NASA lunar missions before 2005, the Moon, explaining science If you go to a conference about lunar geology, sooner or later you'll hear the term "KREEP" bandied about.

The Moon is a KREEPy place

(And almost as soon as KREEP is mentioned, a bad pun will be made. It's inevitable.) Context will tell you it has something to do with a special kind of lunar rock, but that'll only get you so far. The simple definition is that KREEP is an acronym for potassium (chemical symbol K), rare earth elements (the ones that are always cut out of the periodic table and drawn in two separate rows of their own, abbreviated REE), and phosphorus (chemical symbol P).

Potassium, rare earths, and phosphorus are lumped together in the term KREEP because they tend to occur together in the lunar crust. Rufus Gefangenen Forming the Moon The molten moon had a bulk composition of rock; more specifically, its bulk composition is of a mafic rock, one that's rich in iron and magnesium. Commercial use of Space. Moon Express and Odyssey.