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This paper examines numerous moon exploration missions of various nations over the past several years. First, the paper describes the American and Russian missions to the moon, both manned and unmanned. Then, the paper discusses how China recently sent a probe to the moon and what it hopes to accomplish through such a visit. This includes analyzing potential natural resources of the moon. Additionally, the paper considers the space programs of India, Japan and some European nations. The paper concludes by noting that a return mission to the moon man in order to establish a colony might serve as a stepping stone to exploring the inner planets of our Solar System, especially Mars.
From the Paper:"The first successful lunar attempt by the Soviets was Luna 1 which made a lunar flyby in 1959, followed by Luna 2 and 3; Luna 4 in 1962 failed and in 1965, the Soviets created the Zond program with Zond 3 reaching the dark side of the moon for the first time. This was followed by Luna 9 which soft-landed on the moon and then Luna 10 which orbited the moon numerous times. Zond 6 then followed with Luna 15 crashing on the moon. In 1970, Luna 16 landed and recovered soil samples, while Luna 17 landed and deployed Lunokhod 1, the first-ever lunar rover. In 1973, Luna 21 was deployed, then Luna 24 which returned soil samples back to Earth. The most successful was Luna 24 in 1976 which landed in the Sea of Crisis (Mare Crisium) and drilled into the lunar surface, recovering samples which were then sent back to Earth (Stroud, 188-204).
Compared to the lunar explorations by the Soviet Union, those of the United States were far more successful in many ways, especially relate to the Apollo program of the 1960's and the first manned landing on the moon in 1969."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Heiken, Grant, et al., ed. The Lunar Source Book. UK: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
- "Japan's Lunar Exploration." 2009. Internet. Accessed October 2, 2009 from http://moon.jaxa.jp/en/moonexp/inquiry_ja.html.
- O'Neill, Ian. "India Has Big Plans for Lunar Exploration." August 7, 2008. Internet. Accessed October 2, 2009 from http://www.universetoday.com/2008/08/17/india-has-big-plans-for-lunar-exploration.
- Stroud, Richard. The Book of the Moon. New York: Walker & Company, 2009.
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