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Big Trouble in Little Moon Rover

31 Jan

The Chinese made moon rover, Chang’e 3, has experienced mechanical problems with one of its solar panels that may prevent it from finishing its mission. It is the first rover on the moons surface in 37 years. Earlier attempts by Google to spur lunar exploration have continued to drag on with no successful project, and Nasa continues to show little interest in launching any lunar missions in the near future. Nasa continues to focus on the unmanned exploration of Mars with it various rovers.

Surprisingly little has been done on the moon since the early 70’s when the United States ended its interest in the moon. The most important motivation for space exploration at this point is to find a profitable business reason to visit the moon again. Lunar mining may be the most likely venture on the horizon with a small handful of start up companies currently pursuing that option.

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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Space

 

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