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Ticket to Ride?

Astrophysicists mull a return to the moon

12:18pm, March 20, 2007

Scientists who study the moon and design the spacecraft to get there are typically worlds apart from astronomers who explore the realms of space beyond the solar system. The two groups attend different meetings, talk a different lingo, and usually get their funding from different divisions within NASA. But with a financially strapped space agency setting its sights—and the majority of its resources—on a highly publicized plan to return to the moon and establish a base there (SN: 12/9/06, p. 373: Lunar Outpost: NASA unveils plans for a return to the moon), astronomers are looking for ways to jump on the lunar bandwagon.

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