It’s notable that a handful of new robotic missions could reveal a great deal about our satellite, at a fraction of the cost of putting tourists into low-Earth orbit… If we can only get over our Star Trek fantasies, we could dramatically accelerate our knowledge of our solar system, instead of squandering tens of billions to put a few humans into an environment for which we are, and always will be, totally unsuited.

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