Space 2069: After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars, and Beyond

October 31, 2020
Space 2069: After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars, and Beyond

Nearing half a century since the last Apollo mission, mankindhas yet to return to the Moon, but that is about to change. WithNASA's Artemis program scheduled for this decade, astronomer DavidWhitehouse takes a timely look at what the next 50 years of spaceexploration have in store.The thirteenth man and the first woman to walk on the Moon willbe the first to explore the lunar south pole – the prime site for afuture Moon base thanks to its near-perpetual sunlight and thepresence of nearby ice.The first crewed mission to Mars will briefly orbit the redplanet in 2039, preparing the way for a future landing mission.Surviving the round trip will be the greatest challenge anyastronaut has yet faced.In the 2050s, a lander will descend to the frozen surface ofJupiter's moon Europa and attempt to drill down to its subsurfaceocean in search of life.Based on real-world information, up-to-date scientific findingsand a healthy dose of realism, Space 2069 is a mind-expanding tourof humanity's future in space over the next 50 years.