You may have seen news stories about a new crowdsourcing venture to develop a mission to visit the Moon called Lunar Mission One. They are trying to raise funds to start an industry study to develop a robotic lander on the Moon.
Scientists from the SEAES Isotope group, who are activity involved in lunar science research, and other lunar science colleagues from across the UK are helping to provide advice about what key lunar science questions that can be addressed by such a mission. There is a still a great many things that we do not know about our nearest planetary neighbour; see for example Isotope Group member Natalie Curran’s post here. We may have been to the Moon with robotic explorers and astronauts, but by no means have we been there and done that. The Moon, for example, is the best place in the Solar System to study the history of the early Earth. It helps us understand how rocky planets evolved. It helps shed light on the history of impact bombardment in the Solar System. It isn’t just a dead grey world – it is a location just waiting for us to explore and learn. If you would like to know more read this great free book by the US National Academy of Sciences that outlines in great detail the rationale for returning to the Moon.
You can read about the scientific objectives of Lunar Mission One here.
If you want to get involved and help provide funds to kickstart the Lunar Mission One project read details here