Is it time to return to the Moon?
Some scientists are saying yes.
Researchers from the UK, Germany and The Netherlands have submitted a paper to the journal Planetary and Space Science outlining the scientific importance of future lunar surface missions. Led by Ian A. Crawford from Londonís Birkbeck College, the paper especially focuses on the value of the Moon in the study of our own planet and its formation, the development of the Earth-Moon system as well as other rocky worlds and even its potential contribution in life science and medicinal research.
Even though some research on the lunar surface may be able to be performed by robotic missions, Crawford et al. ultimately believe that ďaddressing them satisfactorily will require an end to the 40-year hiatus of lunar surface exploration.Ē