Return to the Moon
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SINCE THE 1990s, there has been a resurgence in studies of the Moon, which had seemed neglected by the spacefaring nations after the mid-1970s when the Soviet Union conducted its last lunar mission. Robotic lunar probes have been launched during the last one and a half decade by countries as diverse as the United States, Japan and the nations constituting the European Space Agency. These missions have provided new knowledge on our natural satellite, mapping it for the first time in different ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum to infer its composition, providing hints of its natural resources and controversial indications of whether water ice may exist in eternally shaded craters near the poles.
KeywordsUnited States Natural Resource European Space Agency Aerospace Technology Electromagnetic Spectrum
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