Human exploration planners at NASA's Johnson Space Center are eagerly awaiting the results of next year's Lunar Prospector mission, a small Lockheed Martin probe that will map resources over the entire lunar surface for possible human use later. Meanwhile, engineers at Japan's National Space Development Agency (NASDA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are planning their own robotic lunar landing missions that may also pinpoint promising spots for future moon bases. Scheduled ...


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