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    Should We Return?

    In July we celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the first lunar landings. This historic milestone has provided an opportunity for us to reflect upon man kinds achievements. It has also prompted a debate on our future in space.

    NASA is currently developing technology that will allow us to return to the Moon.
    They aim to establish a permanent lunar presence to enable further exploration of the Solar system.

    Amongst others Apollo 11 astronaut - Buzz Aldrin has criticised this scheme;

    "There's no reason for us to go back. We can look at the effects of long-term missions in space by flying around comets, rather than setting up a base on the Moon. We're not going to launch any missions from there."

    Dr. Aldrin believes we should be setting our sights on Mars rather than returning to the moon. Is he right? If not, why should we return?

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    Nokadota     Sat, Nov 28, 2009  Permanent link
    I agree with Buzz. The Moon is basically a "been there, done that" kind of thing. We should be looking to advance, not be stagnant and stay in the same place forever. I believe we could have made it to Mars a lot sooner if it wasn't for all that attention to the Moon.

    With the newest info proving that water was indeed available on Mars at a point in time, I hope there are plans being made to set up a base somewhere on the surface to act as a waystation of sorts for further travel beyond our modest solar system.