Arlin Crotts


To the Moon on a Budget

Until 2010 NASA's "Vision for Space Exploration" highlighted a return of humans to the Moon by July 2019, the 50th anniversary of the first people on the Moon. Dreams of U.S. presidential candidates not withstanding (especially when they're not visiting Florida's Space Coast), that is no longer the plan. Instead a wide array of national and international space agencies, private corporations and consortia are preparing to send spacecraft to the Moon, some with people on board, some with profits in mind. What will they do there, and what might others do in the future?