[QUOTE=UTR;2175661]Thanks for the info, Alan. Hopefully, any Moon base will be an international effort so this won’t be an issue. I think the expense and required technical expertise might require the effort to be spread around.[/QUOTE] It’d be nice if it were an international effort, but we have a problem here…
NASA admits that one nation will likely beat it back to the moon: China. China wants to participate in the International Space Station project, but the U.S. and partner countries refuse to give China access.
China wants to build and launch its own space station, which will coincide with them trying to be the next country to reach the moon again.
Politics, folks, could really hinder what should be great scientific research.