NASA’s New Robotic Lunar Program...
On 14 January 2004, President George W. Bush issued a policy statement entitled A Renewed Spirit of Discovery in which he called upon NASA to begin to plan for a resumption of human missions to the Moon, as a precursor to a mission to Mars. As a first step, and beginning no later than 2008, NASA was instructed to “initiate a series of robotic missions to the Moon to prepare for and support future exploration activities”. In The Vision for Space Exploration, which the agency published on 11 February, the Goddard Space Flight Center was directed to establish a Robotic Lunar Exploration Program.
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- Vision for Space Exploration: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/55584main_ vision_space_exploration-hi-res.pdf
- NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/
- Center for Earth and Planetary Studies: http://www. nasm.si.edu/ceps/
- Arecibo Observatory: http://www.naic.edu/
- Clementine: http://www.cmf.nrl.navy.mil/clementine/
- Lunar Prospector: http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov/
- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/
- Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite: http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/
- NASA’s 2005 Exploration Systems Architecture Study: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/exploration/news/ESAS_report.html/