To the Moon

NASA announces a press conference next Monday that will describe the plans for lunar exploration.

If they want to listen, I have an initial suggestion:

The Marius Hills, imaged here.

This was considered during the Apollo program, but they decided to send Apollo 15 to Hadley in the lunar Apennines instead.

There’s a lot of debate in the scientific community as to where to send the first explorers. The Apollo missions, due to fuel restrictions and the weight of the spacecraft, could not venture very far away from the lunar equator. A polar orbit was out of the question. It seems as if an early mission of the Orion program will send astronauts to the lunar north pole to investigate for ice deposits in the craters that never see the light of day.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to To the Moon

  1. Richard says:

    Hello Todd,

    “The Apollo missions, due to fuel restrictions and the weight of the spacecraft, could not venture very far away from the lunar equator.”

    Which is a real challenge since any water/ice deposits will be found in the polar regions if at all.

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