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The scientific case for renewed human activities on the Moon

Crawford, Ian A. (2004) The scientific case for renewed human activities on the Moon. Space Policy 20 (2), pp. 91-97. ISSN 0265-9646.


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It is over 30 years since the last human being stood on the lunar surface and this long hiatus in human exploration has been to the detriment of lunar and planetary science. The primary scientific importance of the Moon lies in the record it preserves of the early evolution of a terrestrial planet, and of the near-Earth cosmic environment in the first billion years or so of Solar System history. This record may not be preserved anywhere else; gaining proper access to it will require a human presence. Moreover, while this will primarily be a task for the geosciences, the astronomical and biological sciences would also benefit from a renewed human presence on the Moon, and especially from the establishment of a permanently occupied scientific outpost.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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