Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Forgotten Voyager of a Sideshow
Way back when, we were going back to the Moon. And then not. And then yes. And then no. And so on.
Luckily, on one of the up cycles, we launched several probes to enhance our knowledge of our neighbor, in preparation for one of those (cancelled) plans to return. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the cornerstone of the latest series of probes is still going and has had its mission extended.
So, what next. LRO? Here's a list of targets and why they are the cornerstone of this mission extension.
Maybe someday we'll return to the Moon. Maybe some day we'll realize we can afford a lot more missions than we currently have (maybe we'll reduce spending in other areas?). If so, the LRO and others will have helped to pave the way back.