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Message Subject The Moon: Seriously, no Revisitations in 4+ decades?
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Explain why marine biologists are still arguing with Picard, then, if there is nothing to discover in the Challenger Deep. And explain why Amundsen-Scott was established in IGY 1956 and has been continuously inhabited since then if there is no useful science that can be done at the South Pole.

Be that as it may, there were multiple manned missions to the Moon that did extensive geology and left a whole bunch of instruments there -- which returned active telemetry for a decade (and passive instruments which are still in use today).

The geologic samples are still being investigated, with new scientific papers coming out every year.

And multiple nations have sent robotic probes out; both to learn more, and to stretch their space legs. Those same nations are also working up towards human expeditions; doing orbits, spacewalks, etc.

I can certainly imagine it being different, but I can't imagine a simple repeat; and certainly not by the country that already did the mission. Every single word about "learning something new," or "doing more" argues AGAINST simply sending up another two men for another short pair of EVAs.

And, yes, that is the other part of the comparisons. There was much to be learned about the antarctic. Most of it was done by flying over, and by expeditions along the shelf -- NOT all the way to the pole. The exercise of men and dogs walking in and walking out was done twice (the second team died on the way back). And that became done. It was expensive enough and grueling enough there just wasn't a huge impetus for Brazil to send a national team, or every hotshot who wanted bragging rights at the local explorer's club to do so.

No-one repeated the expedition. No-one ever walked back with a sledge and the ability to stay a half-day and collect a couple of rocks (which is what Scott did.)

Instead, a fleet of cargo planes landed on skiis forty years later, and unpacked heated shelters and a whole ton of scientific equipment and people who were willing to stay not just a day, but over the winter.

And, yes, we have faster computers, better micro-fabrication, great advances in information technology and biotechnology, but do you seriously think that for the price of an Apollo Program (in modern dollars) we could send up 200x the mass and establish a permanent presence on the Moon? And fund it? Just keeping a base supplied would be several times more costly than the ongoing wars we have.
 
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