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NASA may have called off plans to make a return trip to the moon, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Americans are done exploring the lunar surface, according to a new report published in the February edition of the journal Physics World.
In order to achieve its goals of conducting prolonged operations on Mars and sending astronauts on missions that would take them into deep space, NASA is investing in new technologies designed to help them find and use breathable air, drinkable water and other natural resources originating from places other than Earth.
NASA is planning to take its exploration of the moon to a new level by sowing the first seeds on the lunar surface by 2015. The space agency said it plans to develop a very simple sealed growth chamber that can support germination over a five to 10 day period in a spacecraft on the moon.
NASA is conducting a nine-day field test starting Tuesday outside Hilo, Hawaii, to evaluate new exploration techniques for the surface of the moon.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that NASA is considering plans to place fuel stations in space for spacecraft to fill back up before heading to the moon or Mars.
ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight is inviting industrial, technology and scientific communities to provide inputs for experiments and payload elements for accommodation on its first lunar lander.
NASA has concluded nearly two weeks of testing equipment and lunar rover concepts on Hawaii's volcanic soil.
The cool, rocky slopes of Mauna Kea will serve as a stand-in for the moon as researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, NASA and other organizations test a robot designed for lunar prospecting.
On the Moon, astronauts can develop and test techniques for building habitats, harvesting resources and operating machinery in low gravity, high vacuum, harsh radiation, pervasive dust and fantastic extremes of temperature.