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NASA guidelines to protect moon sites

Posted on Friday, 25 May, 2012 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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Google's Lunar X Prize is to recognise guidelines from NASA aimed at protecting historic lunar sites.

The X Prize is a Google sponsored competition in which private companies will attempt to land a robotic rover on the moon. NASA's new guidelines have been put forward in a bid to avoid any potential disturbance of the historic Apollo landing sites on the lunar surface.

26 teams are currently working towards the goal of landing a rover on the moon, an achievement that would see private companies enter in to the field of robotic space exploration for the first time. Over $30m worth of prizes are to be awarded to the teams who succeed.

"NASA and the X Prize Foundation of Playa Vista, Calif."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by 747400 on 24 May, 2012, 16:27
ha! Finally the truth is coming out, see! Why would they want to establish that if they didn't know something we didn't. i know they say they're talking about Neil Armstrong's footprints and so on, but is that a camouflage for admitting that there are other Historic sites out there, like the Pyramids and the Grand Wall of China and so on ....... ? [/conspiracy mode]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Dirty Bubble on 25 May, 2012, 10:08
Don't see why this is really an issue, these sites are of the up-most importance. Just as you don't go and build a housing estate at Stone Henge so these sites need to be protected.
Comment icon #3 Posted by jgorman628 on 25 May, 2012, 11:59
Preserving the moon landing sites should be a priority. The only way to destroy them would be through human mistake, unless there is a random collision with a meteor. As Dirty says, we wouldn't want to see houses invade our landmarks. Does it make it any less important that it is not on the surface of the Earth?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 25 May, 2012, 12:38
Which is the whole point if this agreement. Where I will disagree with you is that I think it less likely that these sites will be damaged by accident, profit is a more likely reason. There are already 26 private groups that believe they can land a spacecraft on the moon. They are doing it to win a $30 million prize. Once that prize is won there will still be a lot of private organisations with th ability to land a vehicle on the moon. How long before they have the ability to return samples? Bringing back lunar rock for collectors could be a profitable business, but imagine how much a p... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Coffey on 25 May, 2012, 18:51
I personally think the moon itself should be treated that way instead of countries now claiming parts of the moon. I understand why these things are a big deal, but surely when we step off Earth we are all under one banner representing Humanity. Seems the US goverment don't want that even in space.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 25 May, 2012, 20:07
I'm really not sure what your point is. It's not very clear exactly what relevance your attack on the US government has to this story or indeed, in relation to space exploration, reality. You seem to be unaware that under international law no nation may claim ownership of the moon. You seem to be unaware that international law states that the exploration of space shall be for the benefit of all nations. The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 (of which the USA is a signatory) includes the following:
Comment icon #7 Posted by Still Waters on 28 May, 2012, 14:40
Comment icon #8 Posted by Daveisback on 28 May, 2012, 16:12
All the the Apollo landing sites need to be preserved and some of the other sites like the Lunokhod and Surveyor landers need to be preserved as well. They are apart of Humanity's heritage in space.

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