APOD August 27, 2016 image from Lunar Orbiter 1 looking at an Earthrise! Image Credit:   NASA  /  Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project

APOD August 27, 2016 image from Lunar Orbiter 1 looking at an Earthrise! Image Credit: NASA / Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project

Good morning Earthlings and Lunatics alike!

Did you know it's been almost 50 years since our very first step onto the Moon with Apollo 11? Did you know it's been 46 years since our last mission to the Moon with Apollo 17?

Since then, we've sent numerous rovers and cameras to Mars and beyond. But what about our celestial neighbor? Have we really learned everything there is to learn about our Moon? Far from it...

The debate is still on-going, mainly scientists vs government. But scientists even have debates among themselves about whether we should go back to the Moon. It is mainly looking like YES, but it is a question of HOW and WHAT. 

HOW: We have advanced our rocket systems for robotics, but not necessarily for people in a (long) while...

Maybe we need to send rovers to the Moon?

WHAT: what are some objectives to get our feet back onto the lunar soil? What are some outstanding questions we have about the Moon?

The one major debate point to date is this: our technology has changed SO MUCH that we are not 100% sure that our technology can withhold to better standards than those of the 1960s...

Hopefully, we'll find out soon!

Thank you for reading and enjoy the summer night skies!