Hearing examines opportunities in lunar science and resource use


  • Randy Showstack


Scientists at a congressional hearing on lunar science and resources debated the feasibility of exploiting lunar resources, and indicated that further exploration of the Moon could yield significant advances in lunar science.

The hearing, held on 1 April by the U.S. House of Representatives Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, followed up on the announcement by President George W. Bush on 14 January of the Space Exploration Initiative. This has prompted a re-orientation in NASA to focus on space exploration and manned missions to the Moon and Mars. The first launch of a lunar robotic mission is slated for no later than 2008.