I suggest a betting pool be started amongst us..
The bet..how many more seperate new lunar mapping satellites/missions will be
done before the planned 2020? manned lunar missions?
I bet on 2
For crying out loud! How much more better sharper smaller resolution photo maps does NASA think they need? What? Must they photograph map number and
officially name every crater,rock about the size of a typical city street sewer lid?
Granted the current LRO sat mission is a fraction of the cost of any of the recent Mars probes but still, whats the point by now?
After all consider back in the 70's after losing the manned race to the moon, the Soviets did succeed several times! In retrieving their own lunar samples by unmanned probes from the moon! Obviously a good portion of the so called 'dark side' of the moon the most rocky mountainous parts will be for the forseable future to dangerous for manned exploration, but not for robot craft sample retrieval aka the Soviet's program..Excuse me didn't Clementine map the moon? While building the new Orion manned program why not send a unmanned lunar rover/sample retrival mission or two..each a fraction of the cost of any such Mars ones? thanks for reading and allowing my rant!
BTW I am badly dissapointed how nearly all the major broadcast media in
coverage of the 40th Aniv. of Apollo 11 completely missed covering the LRO
photos of the Apollo missions...great anti moon hoax evidence..darn them!