posted on May, 11 2009 @ 11:31 PM
I believe it's entirely possible, just insanely expensive. I also don't think there would be any legals issues so long as say the US Apollo
equipment wasn't messed with or anything. The moon is not claimed by any nation, currently and is open for exploration, if you can get there.
Right now there is the Google Lunar X Prize, www.googlelunarxprize.org...
which offers 30 million for the first private robot flight to the moon,
and is a step in the direction you're talking about.
It cost NASA billions of dollars to get to the moon, and a huge staff and the best minds on the planet. That's a lot of resources, but we have also
advanced a lot since man last set foot on another planet. The key to making the project work would probably be somewhere in figuring out how to make
the information age technology lower the costs in resources and manpower needed. Orbital flight is tricky too, but lunar is on a whole different
level. The piloting needed to pull off the complex docking and undocking needed is very advanced and requires tons of practice. This is also
something that would have to be overcome. Perhaps a single ship, instead of a orbiter/lander system could help with some of this but would also raise
the cost of the craft quite a bit too.
I think it probably will be done, within the next 30 years even, but it's going to take an incredibly dedicated team with very deep pockets.