Mapping the Moon

The ESA have released more information about their mission to map the moon. The mission, smart 1 will map The Moon (Luna) with X rays, and this should provide information about the formation of The Moon.

Quite frankly, this time I hope that things don't stall for 30 years, and we see the natural progression through the manned landings to a permanent base, of course, what we really need is a low cost way of leaving the planet. Yes, there are plenty of problems here to sort out (the common excuse), but that does not preclude exploring elsewhere.... after all, there were problems in Portugal before Columbus set out to find a new route to the East Indies. Exploration and pushing back the frontiers can't wait until everything is right 'at home', as it never will be.