A tantalizing early picture of the way humans can explore and settle the Solar System emerges from a key pair of documents drafted by lunar scientists and representatives of 14 space agencies. Driven first by the pristine scientific artifact the Moon represents, and later by a high-tech version of the horse-trading and barter that typifies frontier societies, human explorers and their robotic helpers from many nations will expand Earth's culture beyond today's toehold in low Earth orbit ...


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