July 20th, 2004

classic beard

35 years after touchdown

One small step for man... 4 years of man-on-the-ground exploration... then over 30 years of "not much", moon-wise. Supposedly in a couple of years we'll at least have some robot landers on the moon again. And then there's the European Space Agency's SMART-1, for your "science fiction future" enjoyment - it's a "solar-electric ion rocket", spiralling outwards, carrying a payload of very modern miniaturized instrumentation, allowing it to do new x-ray and infrared imaging, and observe areas of the south lunar pole that have not been imaged before.