The European Space Agency (ESA) has asked aerospace company Astrium to design a moon landing mission dubbed "MoonTwins". The mission would put two landers on the moon, one at each pole. There they would conduct experiments and try out technologies that might later be used in ESA's planned missions to Mars. Speaking to the BBC …
'Although there is still a lot of flexibility in the design, the core goals of the mission are clear: each craft will need to be able to make a soft, controlled landing at a precise location. They won't be rovers, but might be able to do short ascents, allowing them to "hop" to a new location. They will most likely carry seismometers, and possibly other instruments.'
Incredible, all this just *50 years* after America landed Surveyor 6 on the Moon, take measurements and got it to take off again.
A decade out
50 years ago was Sputnik 1's launch, it was 1967 for Surveyor 6
Two (or more) landings is a bit more clever
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