I would like to take a look at what has been scheduled and share opinions
Are also included the present Chinese and Japanese missions.
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Lunar orbiter designed for precise mapping of lunar surface topography, will obtain high-resolution images of the lunar surface and investigate lunar
It also will seek evidence of water ice in the lunar polar region.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is scheduled for launch in the fall of 2008.
New NASA Ames Spacecraft to Look for Ice at One of Moon's Poles
LRO Mission: NASA's First Step Back to the Moon
NASA - Return to the Moon - the Global Exploration Strategy
Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)
This satellite will search for water in the permanent shadow of craters at the lunar South Pole. It is designed to be steered into a crater, where it
will analyze material scattered by its own impact.
LCROSS is to be launched at the same time as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, in the fall of 2008.
The LCROSS Mission
Crashing into the Moon (ABC NEWS)
The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Mission
Human lunar exploration
NASA is aiming to launch the next-generation crew exploration vehicle Orion by 2020
. Orion accommodates four crewmembers, and will
travel to the surface of the Moon after docking in lunar orbit with a lunar landing craft, which will be launched on the Ares V cargo launch vehicle.
NASA plans to carry out a manned test flight by 2014.
Crew Exploration Vehicle Destination for Human Lunar Exploration [.PDF file]
Human Lunar Exploration
LPI Lunar Knowledge Requirements Workshop [.PDF file]
International Lunar Base
An international project, planned for completion by around 2024
. A base is to be built at the lunar polar region, which will
accommodate astronauts for six months at a time. The facility will also be used as a base for future missions to Mars.
(Courtesy of NASA)
FINAL REPORT SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE DEVELOPMENT FOR A SELF-SUSTAINING LUNAR COLONY [.PDF file]
A ROAD MAP FOR THE ACQUISITION OF THE FIRST LUNAR BASE [.PDF file]
Selene (SELenological and ENgineering Explorer)
Lunar orbiter designed to study the origin and evolution of the Moon, SELENE consists of a main satellite and two sub-satellites.
The lunar explorer KAGUYA (SELENE) has been launched by the H-IIA F13 on Sep. 14 from the Tanegashima Space Center
This lunar orbiter is designed to map lunar topographic features and mineral distributions; it will search for water at the lunar South Pole, and
conduct precise observation of the lunar surface.
Chandrayaan-1, is scheduled for launch in early 2008
Mission overview (video)
ESA Council give go-ahead to Europe's co-operation with India in Moon mission
Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Orbiter
This lunar orbiter will observe lunar topography and element distribution.
Chang’e-1 blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, Sichuan, atop a Long March 3A rocket on October 24, 2007
Successful launch for Chang'e 1!
China Moon Mission Chang'e-1 In Good Condition
Soft lunar lander. China is also considering sending a rover for further study of the lunar
This spacecraft is scheduled to be launched around 2010.
Planning of Chang'e Program
Very low frequency interferometry for the Chang’E-2 Project [.PDF file]
A lunar sample return probe is planned for launch around 2012.
Future human lunar exploration is also under consideration.
Planning of Chang'e Program
This lunar orbiter surveys the lunar surface and inner structure by placing four penetrators on the lunar surface. Russia is aiming for a
launch around 2012.
Luna-Glob project in the context of the past and present lunar exploration in Russia [.PDF file]
FEDERAL SPACE AGENCY OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION
ROBOTIC LUNAR EXPLORATION PROGRAM [.PDF file]
Russia Plans Ambitious Robotic Lunar Mission
... just a recap
I apologize in advance for possible mistakes
[edit on 20/11/2007 by internos]