Lunar and Planetary Institute
Lunar and Planetary Institute



Why Go Back to the Moon?

December 5, 2012

MoonIn celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 17 landing, science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin is creating videos about lunar exploration and why it’s so important to return to the Moon.

The first of these videos, produced in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute(LPI), is entitled “Why Go Back to the Moon?”, and features lunar geologist Paul Spudis, a staff scientist at the LPI.

In the five-minute video, Spudis discusses what inspired his lifelong fascination with our nearest planetary neighbor, how this ancient world is still geologically dynamic, and how the recent discovery of vast amounts of water at the lunar poles is such a critical resource for enabling the Moon to be used as a logistics depot, allowing the establishment of a permanent space transportation infrastructure.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.




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Last updated December 5, 2012