Ball, Andrew J. and Crawford, Ian A.
Which way to the Moon?
Astronomy and Geophysics, 47(4) pp. 17–19.
A PPARC-led delegation comprising David Parker (BNSC/PPARC Director of Science), Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting ( Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd), Ian Crawford (Birkbeck College) and Andrew Ball ( Open University) attended the NASA Exploration Strategy Workshop in Washington DC, from 25 - 28 April 2006 (http:// www. aiaa. org/ events/ expwkshp). NASA initiated the workshop as a first step in its activities during 2006 to define a strategy for lunar exploration, building on the "Vision for Space Exploration" announced in 2004 ( http:// www. nasa.gov/ mission_ pages/ exploration/ main/ and http:// exploration. nasa. gov/). Given the backdrop of the Vision framework, the goal was to bring together the reasons why we ( meaning humanity) are going back to the Moon and what we want to do there. For many, the answers to these questions have been clear, albeit diverse, for a long time, being articulated and updated in various forms over the years (e.g. ESA 1992, 2003; Spudis 1996, 2001; Crawford 2004a, b; Stern 2005). The answers to the "why" and "what" questions reflect a wide variety of scientific, technological, commercial and societal motivations.
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