As a young amateur fascinated with the exploration of the Moon
, I hesitated to write to Whitaker to ask a technical question about the lunar craters created when the S-IVB stages of Saturn rockets slammed into the Moon--but I mailed the letter anyway.
Coupled with the capabilities enabled by the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, these missions will usher in a new era of exploration of the Moon
and its resources, and provide a training ground for human missions to Mars," Gerstenmaier added.
Earth is dying, but Jupiter's moon, Europa, could be an option for colonizing, and gifted teens like Naomi and Leo are a part of the team that will lead the initial exploration of the moon
1972 - US Apollo 17 spacecraft heads for Earth after the last US manned exploration of the Moon
Earlier this year, President Trump signed into law the Cruz-Nelson NASA Transition Authorization Act, which charts an ambitious course for the manned exploration of the moon
, Mars and beyond, and ensures the Johnson Space Center remains the crown jewel of NASAs human spaceflight missions.
Paradoxically, exploration of the Moon
builds both international cooperation and competition.
Physicist Vidvuds Beldavs of the University of Latvia, who runs a project called the International Lunar Decade, advocating joint exploration of the Moon
, the imperative is to demonstrate that industrial activity on the Moon is feasible, so that large markets for the same can emerge towards preparation for this purpose.
and the discoveries we're making are feeding forward into future human exploration of the moon
," he says.
Not surprisingly, once the Apollo 11 mission fulfilled President Kennedy's challenge, a sharp decline occurred in media coverage, public interest, and financial support pertaining to human exploration of the moon
Our recent exploration of the Moon
with spacecraft has profoundly changed our scientific understanding of the Moon.
Lago, an author who has explored and kayaked the Grand Canyon multiple times, relates stories from its history, such as how the Apollo astronauts hiked it in preparation for exploration of the Moon
, how Edwin Hubble tested it as a site for an observatory, how Roger Miller spent a summer living in a trailer there, William Randolph Hearst's fight against the National Park Service to keep property he owned on the rim of the canyon, poets and writers like Henry Miller and Carl Sandburg who visited the canyon, the Egyptian cave myth, claims that the ancient Chinese discovered the canyon, and the story of John Hance, the canyon's first white settler.
Dr Farouk El-Baz, the chairman of the commission, is a Boston University professor who has worked with the planning of scientific exploration of the moon
- including the selection of landing sites for the Apollo missions.