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January 16-22, 2012 / Vol 31, No 3 / Hawai`i Island, USA

13 Jan 2012, 20:12 UTC
January 16-22, 2012 / Vol 31, No 3 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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America, China and the Moon’s South Pole Re: USA Pres. Obama 2012 Space Opportunities The 21st Century Rush to the rich, resource-drenched Lunar South Pole is dawning through global attention, consensus and activity from scientists, scholars, independent enterprises and national governments. Since the USA 1994 Clementine and 1998 Lunar Prospector orbiters first surveyed the vast [...]

America, China and the Moon’s South Pole
Re: USA Pres. Obama 2012 Space Opportunities

The 21st Century Rush to the rich, resource-drenched Lunar South Pole is dawning through global attention, consensus and activity from scientists, scholars, independent enterprises and national governments. Since the USA 1994 Clementine and 1998 Lunar Prospector orbiters first surveyed the vast Aitken Basin and detected significant ice-water at the poles, the Moon’s South Pole consistently has become the destination of choice — ie, India-Russia Chandrayaan-2 South Pole lander-rover, Canada-Europe SP lander research, Japan SELENE-1 / 2 and USA LRO / L-Cross orbiters / landers / impactors, ILOA Malapert Mt ILO-1, Shackleton Energy Company, Google Lunar X Prize Team Phoenicia, Odyssey Moon, etc.. And while China has yet to declare for the Moon’s South Pole, a successful 2013 Chang’e-3 touchdown at the earlier-visited lunar equator would restore Earth operations on the ...

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