When Do We Go Back To The Moon?



Moon Base

Lunar Prospector orbited the Moon for a year and a half. It found evidence of hydrogen concentrations at the Moon's North and South poles and future missions will want to prove that this hydrogen is bound up with oxygen to form water.

Artist: Rick Guidice
Artist rendition for the Lunar Colony interior.
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Atlas of the Moon

Solar System Portal

Mission Probe Portal
IMAGE Moon Base
Apollo 17 Rover check out.

Artist: Rick Guidice
Artist rendition for the Lunar Colony exterior.
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Exploring the Apollo Landing Sites

A very nice web site to take you down, down, down to the Apollo Landing Sites.


While we wait for next mission to the Moon, maybe you would like to try your hand at flying a spaceship.

ORBITER is a realistic space simulation using proper physics for the modelling of planetary motion, gravitational fields, free space and atmospheric flight etc. As such, it is more challenging to master than an arcade game - you should at least have some basic idea about mechanics and planetary motion to get the most from it. (A good intro can be found at JPL's Basics of Space Flight)

Author: ORBITER is written and maintained by Martin Schweiger (c)2000-2002.

Works with Windows 95/98/ME/2000.

Lunar Prospector went to the Moon in January of 1998. We can do it again.


The Apollo 8 Flight Journal by David Woods and Frank O'Brien

The Apollo 15 Flight Journal by David Woods and Frank O'Brien

The Apollo 16 Flight Journal by David Woods and Frank O'Brien

The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal Edited by Eric M. Jones

Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century
Papers from a NASA-sponsored, public symposium hosted by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29-31, 1984

With all this talk about unknown craters, the following freeware program might be handy:

"Virtual Moon Atlas" by Christian Legrand and Patrick Chevalley. It is available at http://astrosurf.com/avl/UK_index.html

and features the a 3D real time display of the moon (including lighting conditions), but you can also set an arbitrary date to display. It contains an extensive database of features including all landing sites (Apollo, Surveyor, etc.). It also contains >1000 pictures of formations from the "Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon".

It supports OpenGL for graphics performance (but doesn't require it). About a dozen languages (apart from English) are supported via language packs.

All those features take up some space, so it's a rather big download (about 31 Mb)

Sorry, the program runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP only.


Hung Pham, Product Manager for RITI, would like you to consider their lunar software. Detail information of the entire astronomy software is available on ther website www.riti.com.
Lunar Map Pro (http://www.riti.com/prodserv_lunarmappro.htm) Win9x,NT,2K,XP Space Update (http://www.riti.com/prodserv_spaceupdate.htm) Win9x,NT,2K,XP,MAC Earth Update (http://www.riti.com/prodserv_earthupdate.htm) Win9x,NT,2K,XP,MAC.

Lunar Map Pro
A review of the program by PJ Anway on the Cloudy Nights website. - LRK -

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