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5.0 out of 5 stars Going back to the Moon -- at last!, 7 Oct. 2009
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D. A. Hardy "David A. Hardy" (Birmingham, W. Midlands, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Seventh Landing: Going Back to the Moon, This Time to Stay (Hardcover)
In 2009 we had the 40th anniversary of the first Moon-landing, Apollo 11. The last landing was in 1972, and those who had been anticipating this incredible adventure would never have believed that humans would not return to the Moon by the end of the century, let alone the decade. Michael Carroll was originally best known as a space artist and is a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists [], but over the last 20 years he has also written many articles and books, of which this is his latest.

But only 12 men have walked on the dusty surface of the Moon, or driven around in the Lunar Rover - 2 per mission, the third staying in orbit. Now, NASA plans a seventh landing, and this time they intend to take up a permanent presence there. Their plans, known overall as 'Constellation', require the largest launch vehicle ever - Ares, new types of propulsion, and a 6-person vehicle (replacing the Shuttle) to move between Earth and Moon - Orion. Once a base has been established in Shackleton Crater (near the south pole, where water, as ice, is expected to be found), NASA intends to move on to Mars, in company with Europe, China, Japan and India. This book sets out these plans in some details, and it is also well-illustrated.Each of the 6 chapters opens with a large painting by the author, from the creation of the Moon to future exploration, and throughout there are other visionary paintings as well as photographs. I can recommend this book at all who are interested in space exploration and who, like me, can't wait for humans to once again commence their exploration of the Solar System - this time not just with robots but in person.
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The Seventh Landing: Going Back to the Moon, This Time to Stay
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