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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday July 05 2017, @04:11AM   Printer-friendly
from the shoot-for-the-moon dept.

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As Japan becomes the latest country or private entity planning to send a person to the moon, RT.com takes a look at some of the most ambitious plans for a future manned lunar mission.

Whichever country or corporation returns a human to our celestial neighbor will be the first to do so since NASA's Apollo missions concluded in the early 70s. In fact, whoever ventures to the moon will be the first to go beyond low-Earth orbit since 1972.

Space exploration has generally been the preserve of nation states and their taxpayer-funded space agencies. More recently though, private companies, most notably Elon Musk's SpaceX, have been leading the way in the aerospace sector.

Billionaire Musk recently laid out his plans to colonize Mars. For some, however, a return to the moon would provide good preparation for the months-long trek to the Red Planet.

Here, RT.com takes a look at some of the frontrunners in lunar mission planning.

Source: RT


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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday July 05 2017, @01:55PM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday July 05 2017, @01:55PM (#535176) Journal

    The problem is that once these companies 'win' they lose any sense of purpose. What next? Well there's nothing really.

    Ok, and what's the problem with that? Let us note that providing fast food is not a goal that you walk away from. It's an ongoing thing. And since, the US has evolved a huge variety of restaurant approaches. So McDonald's achievement wasn't the end.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 05 2017, @07:34PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 05 2017, @07:34PM (#535378)

    If The Market wanted Man to walk on the Moon it would have made Earth cheese prohibitively expensive.