posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 03:09 PM
BOULDER, COLORADO -- Worldwide efforts to explore the Moon with robotic probes and then humans is stimulating interest in establishing an
International Lunar Decade. Along with the United States now piecing together its back-to-the-Moon agenda, Europe, Japan, India and China are also
aggressively working on their lunar research plans.
An International Lunar Decade (ILD) is being viewed as a vehicle to promote multi-nation space cooperation.
The ILD would be modeled on the International Geophysical Year (IGY) -- a comprehensive and coordinated series of global geophysical research tasks
that were carried out between July 1957 and December 1958 in order to let researchers pool their talent, work and insights. Initially 46 countries
agreed to participate in the IGY, but by the end of the study, 67 countries had become involved. For the IGY, a variety of scientific tools were used,
including the introduction of Earth-circling “artificial satellites” lofted by the Soviet Union and United States.
well if all goes well I might life and see mankind heading back to the moon within 10 years