Friday, June 19, 2009

NASA moonshot to map possible colony sites

American space agency NASA has launched two unmanned probes to the Moon as part of its plan to send humans back to the Moon and beyond.

The probes will map possible landing sites and search for water sources that could be used by a future lunar colony.

Vern Thorp is NASA's Missions Program manager.

"I think we are doing things on this mission that a launch vehicle has never tried to do before in space," he said.

"Another thing that makes this mission very interesting for us is it's actually a return to our roots."