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Scientist Extols ‘The Value of the Moon’ for Future Space Exploration

Scientist Extols ‘The Value of the Moon’ for Future Space Exploration

Value of the Moon Book CoverThe Lunar and Planetary Institute provides research and support to NASA here in Houston. Among its ten staff scientists is Dr. Paul Spudis, whose research is focused on the geological history and evolution of the moon.

As development of the Orion spacecraft ramps up — with plans to travel beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since the Apollo program ended in the early 1970’s — Spudis argues it’s appropriate that a return to the moon should precede any manned mission to Mars.

We talk with Spudis about what he sees as the benefits of returning to the moon, and what he hopes will be the process and timeline for America’s return to lunar orbit. Spudis is the author of The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon’s Resources.

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Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →

  1. Gary ChurchGary Church05-27-2016

    The ice on the Moon is the critical enabling resource for expanding humankind into space. The present dog and pony show pushing Low Earth Orbit and Mars are both dead ends. The Moon is the place to go. We have been there and we need to go back if we ever want to go anywhere else.