Three moon-related news pieces

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I agree with the Russian deputy PM: concentrating on a single destination (in this case the moon, the easiest) may be necessary to give Roskosmos a sense of focus. Personally I also like the idea of a Russian presence on the moon, something that may give the US more of an incentive to focus on there again than any other nation due to historical competition.

More on plans for Chandrayaan-2, a joint Indian and Russian project that will send an orbiter and rover to the moon in 2014. The project was delayed by a year, no problem when one does not have to worry about launch windows. The moon is always three days away once a mission is ready to go.

And news on a current mission: GRAIL seems to have discovered that the moon's crust is much thinner than expected.


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