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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Paul Spudis: Why go back to the Moon?


Geologist Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute explains why, 40 years after the last Apollo landing, the Moon still beckons scientists and space explorers.
 
The first public showing of 'The Peak of Eternal Light', a new movie created using images taken by ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter, took place on July 2009 at the Ars Electronica Center (AEC), Linz, Austria. This movie was shown as part of a special event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, during this International Year of Astronomy (ESA).
 
During the journey to 'The Peak of Eternal Light', the audience joins Commander Björn Grieger and his flight crew onboard a virtual lunar shuttle called 'Sparrow' for a thrilling flight over the lunar surface. This virtual guided tour across a 3D lunar surface explores Shackleton Crater en-route to the famous Peak of Eternal Light, a location 17 km from the Moon's South Pole that is illuminated almost constantly by the Sun, making it a possible site for a future lunar outpost.

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