[tag]NASA[/tag] is set to unveil plans to send astronauts back to the [tag]moon[/tag] by 2018.
The U.S. space agency now expects to roll out its lunar exploration plan to key Congressional committees on Friday and to the broader public through a news conference on Monday, Washington sources tell SPACE.com.
The article goes on to say that the preliminary thoughts are to send 4 astronauts to the moon and leave them there for 7 days to explore and collect more samples.
Personally, I can’t wait for them to do this. We should have been exploring the moon long before we sent those robots to Mars. It’s been over 40 years since we were on the Moon the first time. That is if you believe that we ever were, which I do.
Next step: permanent [tag]colony[/tag]. A [tag]MoonBase[/tag], while very Sci-Fi, would be the ideal staging area for expeditions to other planets as the gravity is so much less, the energy to escape the astral body is much less as well. What that means is that we can go further with less fuel simply because we don’t have to waste as much to get to space in the first place. Of course, we would still have to get the supplies and such to the Moon, but if there were a colony there anyways…