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    Good news for future moon explorers. There is more water on the moon than earlier estimated and it is everywhere.

    http://www.leonarddavid.com/water-ri...ging-resource/

    The Earth’s Moon may offer more water than previously thought – a resource that is widely distributed across the surface and is not confined to a particular region or type of terrain.

    Tapping that lunar water could help sustain future Moon explorers, using it as drinking water or processing the water into hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel or oxygen to breathe.

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    Honestly, I deeply believe that the moon has already been occupied by aliens, so I don't see this coming anytime soon. However, Mars is a potential planet at least in my opinion. I support the theories that suggest that humankind was settled on Mars, but they ruined the planet. So, I think that now we will find what we did wrong and try to make things work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjameshuff View Post
    Who's "they"? There's really only one organization with any sort of executable plan for reaching Mars, and they want their spaceships to come back for reuse, and are not "taking applications". Are you talking about Mars One? They don't have funding or spacecraft.

    Delta-v matters more than distance in space, and Mars has an atmosphere. It's thin, but capable of handling almost all of the braking required for landing, making it much easier to land mass on Mars than on the moon.
    There are rummors that SpaceX will fund them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmicboom View Post
    Honestly, I deeply believe that the moon has already been occupied by aliens, so I don't see this coming anytime soon.
    You do know this is a science board? However if we are just making up stuff I'd suggest we kick the aliens out using our Hurdy-Girdy-Birdies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmicboom View Post
    There are rummors that SpaceX will fund them.
    I'd ask for a creditable source but I don't think that would prove fruitful.

    Instead just consider, why Space X would fund a different Mars program than their own? This goes double for Mars One which cannot be considered a serious effort in any way.

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    China is aiming to be the first to set up a robotic base on the moon's south pole.

    https://gbtimes.com/china-aiming-to-...s?cat=business

    China is aiming to be the first to land at the Moon's south pole in order to establish a research station and investigate potential resources, a senior official with China's lunar exploration programme has said.

    Wu Weiren, a chief designer involved in China's Chang'e lunar exploration programme, told CCTV that a fourth phase of Moon missions are being planned, with the south pole a key target and the possible site for a robotic lunar research station.

    "As only the Moon's south pole can receive sunlight in most of its area throughout the year, we want to land at such a place where there might be abundant sunshine and possibly water to build a research station to carry out relevant research using resources there," Wu said.

    "Nobody has ever landed there yet. So it will be the first landing if we make it. But there are some other countries that are preparing for that," Wu added.

    India's Chandrayaan-2 mission could target the region later this year, while China's own, immediate plans include a lunar far side landing in 2018 and a sample return mission in 2019.

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    Here is a young 66 year old who believes there will be a moon colony in her life time.

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ou...entre_999.html

    A newly created Space Colony Research centre led by Japan's first female astronaut is bringing cutting-edge technology to bear on one of mankind's greatest questions: Can we live in space?

    Tucked away in high-tech laboratories at the Tokyo University of Science, a team of 30 researchers directed by Chiaki Mukai are studying new ways to keep humans alive on a potential moon or Mars colony.

    "It's in our nature to explore. The Earth is too small for us, don't you think?" asked Mukai, a petite and energetic 66-year-old who spent more than 500 hours in space on two separate missions.

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    Other than China, we have another moon sample mission being planned.

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest...le-return.html

    Three of NASA's International Space Station partners have begun joint preliminary work on a robotic lander for a mission to return soil samples from the far side of the Moon, while simultaneously testing several key technologies for future human expeditions.

    After several years of conceptual studies, engineers from the European, Japanese and Canadian space agencies (ESA, JAXA and CSA) recently joined forces to propose the Heracles project, previously known as the Human Lunar Exploration Precursor Program, or HLEPP. The four-component spacecraft includes a soil-sampling rover to be deployed from a lander, with the lander to be topped with an ascent stage designed to blast a capsule full of samples back into lunar orbit.

    The project was conceived as an integral part of the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G), a small, Moon-orbiting space station scheduled to come online in the 2020s. The LOP-G will be the final destination for the Heracles ascent stage. There, the samples will be transferred to a visiting Orion spacecraft for return to Earth.

    "ESA, JAXA and CSA never landed a human on the Moon, so we would like to first land a sub-scale lander and a sub-scale rover before we put humans on them," said Markus Landgraf, who leads the Heracles project at the European Space Agency's Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Programs, "All these elements have common parts (with future human-capable vehicles), such as guidance system, identical engines, and so on."

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    Robert Zubrin reckons the US can build a moon base in 4 years!!!!!

    Where does he get a " hydrogen/oxygen rocket-propelled cargo lander" lander from - China

    http://spacenews.com/op-ed-moon-dire...in-four-years/

    The recent amazing success of the Falcon Heavy launch offers America an unprecedented opportunity to break the stagnation that has afflicted its human spaceflight program for decades. In short, the moon is now within reach.

    Here’s how the mission plan could work. The Falcon Heavy can lift 60 tons to low Earth orbit (LEO). Starting from that point, a hydrogen/oxygen rocket-propelled cargo lander could deliver 12 tons of payload to the lunar surface.

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    Shades of EELV assembly. Don't like it.

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    John Thornton, chief executive of Astrobotic, gives a very upbeat report on the USA returning to the moon.

    http://spacenews.com/op-ed-supportin...d-on-the-moon/

    For nearly half a century, America has led some of the most complex missions with robotic landers throughout our solar system, including bold landings on Mars and asteroids. But most Americans are surprised to hear that since 1972 we haven’t had a crewed or robotic lander conduct science and exploration on the moon. Although NASA has placed the occasional orbiter around the moon and even intentionally impacted a spacecraft into the surface, the nation has not had a lander capable of advanced surface science and exploration since Apollo.

    In retrospect, it’s striking that the global leader in space exploration went from safely landing and returning astronauts from the lunar surface to lacking the national capability to land even the smallest of payloads on the lunar surface for nearly 50 years. During this gap, our international competitors have pressed on. Most recently, Chinese landers and rovers have accessed the lunar surface, while numerous others have outlined their own near-term lunar plans. Where America once undeniably led in lunar science and exploration, other countries have stepped in to demonstrate new leadership on the moon.

    Fortunately, over the last decade, a number of American companies have been working with NASA to develop robotic lunar lander systems with an eye towards capturing the emerging global market of small payloads. Governments, academia and the private sector have all demonstrated demand for affordable access to the surface of the moon through small lander services. As we prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo lunar landings, we’re on the cusp of an exciting return to our nearest planetary neighbor with the administration’s 2019 proposed budget for NASA. Through an affordable approach called the Lunar Exploration and Discovery Program, NASA can once again pursue new lunar frontiers with its own payloads on lander systems developed by U.S. industry.

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    Watch a 5 minute video of the moon be the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/a...f-the-moon-yet

    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has released a breathtaking new video tour of the Moon in 4K resolution, stitching together some of the most detailed observations captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The video is a new version of an LRO Moon tour released back in 2011, but this time it has been enhanced to precision resolution and includes new data from the spacecraft, which has been in a polar orbit around the Moon since for nearly a decade.

    Ernie Wright, the lead visualizer of the project, told me over email that it’s fair to say that this is the most detailed, high-resolution tour of the Moon to date, though he added that the Goddard team has previously released 4K visualizations of individual sites. This new video, however, visits several locations, and includes many close-up images of the lunar surface.

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    NASA is gearing up for moon exploration.

    http://www.moondaily.com/reports/The..._Base_999.html

    As the space race heats up, the first contracts for the manufacture of key components for humanity's Gateway orbital lunar base will be awarded in 2019, according to NASA.

    Expected to begin next year, a big push to reignite space exploration will see landmark awards for contractors to begin building humanity's first orbital moon base, according to NASA.

    Intended to be used as a staging area for deep-space exploration and study, the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G) will orbit the moon, and operate as a jumping-off point for manned Mars exhibitions, as well as to the asteroid belt and other planets.

    Contracts for power and propulsion systems will be announced, as well as those for habitation and life-support, according to a Thursday statement from NASA associate administrator William Gerstenmaier during the 2018 Space Symposium conference in Colorado.

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