Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
The Planetary Report
Back to the Moon On the Cover: The Moon—its surface is cold, stark, dry, and lifeless. Yet, since the dawn of recorded history, humans have treated Earth's companion as an entity with power to affect life on Earth. From the beginning, our luminous satellite has inspired myths, stories, songs, poetry, art, and romance. Now the spacefaring nations of Earth are looking at the Moon as our stepping-stone to the future, a place to prepare for our explorations of Mars and worlds beyond.
StockTrek, Getty Images

Volume 27, number 1
January/February 2007

Back to the Moon

Download this issue as a PDF
(Planetary Society members only)


4 Why Return to the Moon? Buzz Aldrin discusses why the Moon is still worth exploring.

6 Lunar Mysteries Beckon: Dave Stevenson looks at what we still need to learn about the Moon.

10 Destination Moon: An International Effort: Louis D. Friedman summarizes the world's efforts when it comes to the Moon.

12 To Mars by Way of the Moon: Christopher P. McKay explains why the Moon is a good stepping stone for Mars. 


17 World Watch Who are the new players in Congress that will have a say in NASA's budget?

18 We Make it Happen! Bruce Betts updates us on the SELENE mission, carrying society member's names to the Moon.

19 Members' Dialogue Public envolvement in space missions; humans vs. robots in space exploration

13 Factinos Liquid water on Mars today

20 Q&A Martian crater rims; Earth impact hazards

22 Society News Travel to Alaska or Antartica with The Planetary Society!

Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Planetary Defense

An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.


Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!