Thursday, 8 November 2012

NASA: Manned Outpost Near Moon Planned

By
Mike Wall /
Space.com/ November 8, 2012, 11:05 AM

NASA may unveil new manned missions to the moon

Full moon in the darkness of the night sky. It is patterned with a mix of light-tone regions and darker, irregular blotches, and scattered with varying sizes of impact craters, circles surrounded by out-thrown rays of bright ejecta.
Full moon as seen from Earth's northern hemisphere
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NASA is serious about sending astronauts back to the moon's neighborhood and will likely unveil its ambitious plans soon now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, experts say.

The space agency has apparently been thinking about setting up a manned outpost beyond the moon's far side, both to establish a human presence in deep space and to build momentum toward a planned visit to an asteroid in 2025.

The new plans have probably already been cleared with the Obama Administration but have been kept under wraps in case Republican candidate Mitt Romney won Tuesday night's (Nov. 6) presidential election, said space policy expert John Logsdon, a professor emeritus at George Washington University.

More - Link >>> http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57547018/nasa-may-unveil-new-manned-missions-to-the-moon/

Sources: Space.com , CBS News.

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