The Third Age of Understanding the Moon has Arrived — Are we Ready?

The Cosmic Companion
May 17 · 8 min read
A view humans rarely see — the far side of the Moon. Image credit: Ernie Wright utilizing NASA Visualization Explorer

No one is perfect. Credit: NASA

The Third Age of our understanding of the Moon was kicked off by the development of advanced spacecraft for studying our planetary companion. Image credit: PIRO4D/Pixabay
Images of the lunar surface, recorded by the Chang-e 4 spacecraft. Image credit: NAOC/CNSA

Chang-e, the Chinese goddess of the Moon, reached her home (in name, at least) in the 21st Century. Public domain image
This is the process by which solar wind, interacting with the lunar surface, might produce water. Image credit: NASA/JoAnna Wendel

A look at the evolution of the Moon. Credit: NASA Goddard
The third age of understanding of the Moon could be marked by the migration of humans off the Earth, onto the lunar surface, for the first time in history. Credit: NASA

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James Maynard is the author of two books, and thousands of articles about space and science. E-mail: thecosmiccompanion@gmail.com

The Cosmic Companion

Exploring the wonders of the Cosmos, one mystery at a time