Whilst we gaze up at the Moon, Professor Anu Ojha says we should be reminded of the task here on earth. It’s an important lesson for his students at the National Space Academy.
“Whenever we make new discoveries, new mysteries emerge,” says Ojha “the moon is like a geological time capsule of Earth's early history. So by understanding these ancient samples of lunar material, we get a better insight not only into the moon, but the early history of the solar system, the early history of planet Earth.”
And with limited resources - scientists are considering a new home for humanity in space. It could well be the red planet, Mars. But we can’t get there without a gateway on the Moon - how likely is it to happen in the next century?
“Step by step ferociously” that’s how space journalist Sarah Cruddas says we’ll achieve this enormous task. “We’re still a few decades away - but once we’re there Mars is just the beginning of the rest of the universe.”
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