January 28, 2013
LRO image of Aristarchus from NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
Early this month the Washington Post newspaper asked a few astronomers - non lunar ones - where they would want to land on the Moon if they could travel there as a client of the new company, Golden Spike. One person said the Apollo 11 site for the history of it. Another proposed destination was Aristarchus and Schröter's Valley, although not having a lunar surface vehicle means two trips (@$750,000,000). Once on the Moon the astronomers would love to witness a solar eclipse or even a lunar one, and jump up and down in 1/6th G. Golden Spike believes that most of their clients will be scientists wanting to collect samples and conduct research. If you were to book a lunar trip where would be your preferred nearside destination and why? And what might you do on the surface, as a human, to celebrate being the 13th human on the Moon? (Hmm, would you want to be the 13th human on the Moon? Remember Apollo 13?)
Rükl plate 18
21st Century Atlas chart 20.
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