Thursday, June 18, 2009
Moon is fainter and further. Again?
Obama's budget proposal would leave the US space program with "a four or five year gap with no American human-rated launch system and that would expand to six, seven, possibly eight years," said Nelson.
If NASA gets lucky, Garvin believes the first Apollo landing site images could be in hand by the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, on July 20.
It is more difficult to tell a lunar rock from a terrestrial one than any other," says Colin Pillinger, a space scientist at the OU who worked on samples collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts.