Which way to the Moon?

Ball, Andrew J. and Crawford, Ian A. (2006). Which way to the Moon? Astronomy & Geophysics, 47(4) pp. 17–19.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4004.2006.47417.x


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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