Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Informal poll shows support for return to Moon

Altair nears the end of Terminal Descent, and slows for a notional landing near the northeastern rim of the Lorca-Aratus vent (24.58°N, 11.24°E) in the western Mare Serenitatis. A snap to accomplish using garden variety home computer software, on the fly and more than a decade before such a thing might be possible in reality, if ever. The vista was made even more realistic with new LRO Narrow Angle Camera images pegged to the digital elevation model available in Google Moon.

Jack Kennedy over at Spaceports is reporting results from a non-scientific blog poll showing, "Seventy-two percent (72%) of the 251 blog poll respondents said: "US astronauts should proceed with plans for a lunar landing by 2020 by adding more money to the NASA budget."

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