NASA, China, and now Germany all looking closely at the moon – it’ll be mapped with more accuracy than the Earth soon.  The next space race is on … – Bruce

[Link – Details on Germany’s Lunar Exploration Orbiter – Fraser Cain / Universe Today]

Artist illustration of the Lunar Exploration Orbiter
The Moon is going to be a busy place. NASA is sending the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2008, and will be sending humans back as early as 2020. Germany, a member of the European Space Agency, announced they’ll be getting in the lunar game too. Their recently announced Lunar Exploration Orbiter will be heading to the Moon in 2012, giving our satellite another satellite of its own.
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