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2007-02-08 09:25:00

If you woke up tomorrow morning and found yourself on the moon, what would you do? NASA has just released a list of 181 good ideas. Ever since the end of the Apollo program, "folks around the world have been thinking about returning to the moon, and what they would like to do there," says Jeff Volosin, strategy development lead for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Now, NASA is going back; the agency plans to send astronauts to the Moon no later than 2020. "So we consulted more...

2007-01-15 09:00:00

By A.J. Hostetler Don't bother asking for a two-by-four from astronauts building the first lunar base. And don't go racing your moon buggy across the Sea of Tranquility at 65 mph. Still smarting from the metric-English mix-up that caused a Mars orbiter to disappear, NASA's ready to go all-metric on the moon. The move will apply only to surface operations for the lunar base NASA wants to build. That means measurements for the robotic rovers, the nuts and bolts on the habitat modules and the...

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2007-01-12 06:00:00

CHICAGO -- NASA's evolving plans for building a permanent moon base by 2024 portray the facility as a scientific outpost where astronauts will build telescopes, forage for rare minerals and prepare for future Mars missions to be launched from the lunar surface. But the reality is likely to be far more modest, many scientists say, with few tangible scientific benefits in the short term. Some researchers who support the return to the moon argue that the National Aeronautics and Space...

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2007-01-09 10:25:00

If you think in pounds and miles instead of kilograms and kilometers, you're in the minority. Only the United States, Liberia, and Burma still primarily use English units -- the rest of the world is metric. And now the Moon will be metric too. NASA has decided to use metric units for all operations on the lunar surface when it returns to the Moon. The Vision for Space Exploration calls for returning astronauts to the Moon by 2020 and eventually setting up a manned lunar outpost. The decision...

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2007-01-07 09:00:00

By Jeremy Manier NASA's evolving plans for building a permanent moon base by 2024 portray the facility as a scientific outpost where astronauts will build telescopes, forage for rare minerals and prepare for future Mars missions to be launched from the lunar surface. But the reality is likely to be far more modest, many scientists say, with few tangible scientific benefits in the short term. Some researchers who support the return to the moon argue that the National Aeronautics and Space...

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2006-12-09 18:16:38

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It'll be cheaper to build a permanent moon base and keep it running, than it will be to get to the moon. Just don't ask how much, NASA's boss says. The U.S. space agency's newly unveiled grand plan for a continually staffed lunar outpost starting around 2024 doesn't come with a similarly grand price tag. It doesn't come with a price tag at all. "You ask what things will cost, I don't know yet," said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, a detail-oriented engineer. "We...

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2006-12-04 16:45:00

WASHINGTON -- NASA may be going to the same old moon with a ship that looks a lot like a 1960s Apollo capsule, but the space agency said Monday that it's going to do something dramatically different this time: Stay there. Unveiling the agency's bold plan for a return to the moon, NASA said it will establish an international base camp on one of the moon's poles, permanently staffing it by 2024, four years after astronauts land there. It is a sweeping departure from the Apollo moon missions of...

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2006-09-19 08:55:00

WASHINGTON -- A panel of scientists strongly endorsed NASA's plans to return to the moon, saying in a report Tuesday that lunar exploration will open the way toward broader studies of the Earth and solar system. "The moon is priceless to planetary scientists," declared the special National Research Council panel of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists were asked to evaluate and give guidance to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's plans for robotic and human...

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2006-04-27 08:40:00

HONG KONG -- China plans to take the first step in its ambitious lunar exploration program next April, launching a satellite that will orbit the moon, a space official said on Thursday. The craft will be followed a few years later by a remote-controlled lunar rover that will perform experiments and send data back to earth, and, in another few years, a module that will drill out a chunk of the moon and return with it. China's lunar exploration scheme, which includes long-term plans for piloted...

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2006-03-26 09:50:00

After a grueling day climbing the mountains of the moon, astronauts will need a place to kick back and relax. Larry Toups of the Johnson Space Center talks with Astrobiology Magazine about the challenges of designing a dwelling for the future moonwalkers. NASA -- "Home available for short-term stay. Landscape is an airless but magnificent desolation. Closest grocery store is a quarter million miles away." Not many people would jump at such an ad, but for astronauts dreaming of lunar...


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