NASA's list of scientific investigations
on the Moon just keeps on growing ahead of its ambitious plans to return astronauts to the lunar surface.
The space agency is trumpeting
a new top priority: the exploration of puzzling geological features called the Gruithuisen Domes
This magma only forms on
Earth in the presence of water and volcanic activity caused tectonic plates — neither are present on the Moon.
NASA is already planning
on sending two separate sets of scientific instruments to the surface of the Moon
NASA is hoping to leverag
e its private space industry connections to launch the Lunar Vulkan Imaging and Spectroscopy Explorer
The agency is hoping that
Lunar-VISE's findings could help out future missions to the lunar surface as well.