Badger: The moon awaits
For almost 45 years humans have walked on the moon.
The last mission to the moon was Apollo 17 which landed on December 19, 1972. The moon was the first and last to feel the strange world not of a human foot. We are not income. We did not go.
The space race with the Soviet Union gave a political impetus to compensate for its achievements. We did not want to get into the red menace. President Kennedy’s ambitious goal was deliberately made quite difficult to give our team the opportunity to come from behind and win.
After some initial setbacks, we pushed forward and came to the moon before our rivals. The Soviet response came too late and encountered four failures of the N1 launch vehicle. At the time, the project was scrapped, as the price of political propaganda had already been captured by the Americans.
Once our flags were planted at some points around the moon, the American people also seemed to lose interest and Congress slashed NASA’s budget.
Three Saturn V launch vehicles are shown in public. One is near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The others are the NASA Johnson Space Center in Texas and Space United and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. These are real Saturn V rocket that they intended to go to the moon, will not be revealed.
The moon was subject to renewed interest lately. In December 2013, the Chinese have demonstrated the ability to land a rover, Yutu (literally “Jade Rabbit”), on the moon. It was the first soft landing on the Moon since 1976 and the first since the Lunokhod 2 Soviet vehicle in 1973.
All these achievements have been initiated and financed by governments. Private companies would have access to the moon, but costs remain prohibitive. Luna Express, headquartered in Cape Canaveral, intends to exploit the moon as a tritium element. Tritium would be the perfect fuel for fusion reactors, and the solar wind tritium is found on the lunar soil. But how to get there?
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is an incentive for companies and private organizations to find a way to reach the moon and conduct exploration – while transmitting their progress to Earth in high definition!
Five Lunar XPRIZE teams launch deals for 2017: SpaceIL (Israel), Luna Express (United States), Synergy Luna (International), TeamIndus (India) and Hakuto (Japan).
Will one of the teams be successful? The winner will receive a prize of 20 million, and secondly he will receive a prize of 5 million. A lot is really at stake.
More information on the prospects of the lunar bases “Return to the moon for good,” show presented this month at Astronau Memorial Planetarium.