Harrison Schmitt, who had been training for Apollo 18, was bumped up to Apollo 17 after NASA faced pressure from scientists to send one of their own to the Moon. Many space enthusiasts have long hoped to build a base on the moon, but the lunar surface's harsh environment wouldn't be an ideal place for humans to thrive. So speaker. Schmitt seated in the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the surface of the moon on December 13, 1972.
Today, it receives just 0. It's just a matter of when. Nasa has cancelled its only robotic vehicle under development to explore the surface of the moon.
The United States had made clear gains in space by this point: Though he could only speculate, the physicist said this is likely the reason RP was cancelled.
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Bloomsbury Auctions. Although it was not yet fully funded, the Resource Prospector mission had gotten well past the drawing board. Dana Hurley, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, said the robot was a vital part of Nasa's plans to put astronauts on the moon. Pictured is a prototype taking samples during testing in August 2015. The decision comes just months after US President Donald Trump ordered Nasa to return astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972.
Landing 12 people on the moon remains one of NASA's greatest achievements, if not the greatest. Musk has also spoken at length about how SpaceX's in-development Big Falcon Rocket could pave the way for affordable, regular lunar visits. Far from the politically charged climate of the original Space Race, this new, corporate space race is presenting space exploration as a project necessary for the progression of mankind.
The process of designing, engineering, and testing a spacecraft that could get people to another world easily outlasts a two-term president. Though the Constellation Program was designed to be one of NASA's most cost-effective programs, with an emphasis placed on converting lunar soil into either fuel or breathable air to reduce mission costs, it simply proved to be too expensive to continue. Trump hasn't scrapped SLS. The Resource Prospector mission would have sent a rover to the moon's polar regions to learn about water and other deposits on and just beneath the lunar surface.
For over 30 years, the fate of manned lunar missions seemed uncertain.
On September 2nd, 1970, the agency announced the final three Apollo missions: From the Project Mercury Suit to the Aouda. The mission was initially funded as part of the agency's human exploration arm but was later moved to the directorate that funds science missions.