This will have to be short today, I’m on the run headed from Ames to JSC.
The Lunar Science conference at Ames exceeded beyond the organizers dreams; twice as many people came as they had planned for. Almost all were scientists and researchers from around the world with new scientific questions about the moon and proposals on how to gather more data.
In short, if anybody asks “what more can we learn from the moon?” The answer is “A WHOLE LOT”.
After the scientific conference concluded, another set of meetings with representatives from 9 nations started. Every one of these nations has serious plans to send robotic spacecraft to the moon in the next few years. At the conclusion of this meeting, all parties signed a letter of intention setting up something called the International Lunar Network. We all agreed to exchange scientific data, to work together on selection of scientific instruments that would complement each other’s work, and on communications protocols. This was like a mini UN session! Wow.
This is the second age of lunar exploration and we are witnessing the start of it. Great things are in the wings and exciting times lie ahead!