The Moon has always been a focus of curiosity and yet, our neighbour in space still holds many mysteries. But we are on the verge of a new age of exploration. Several countries and space agencies, and also private companies and initiatives, are planning to send probes and even unmanned vehicles to safely land and move around on Earth’s natural satellite. The Holy Grail is to find a cheap and efficient way to travel to the Moon on a regular basis, and in the long-term to build a permanent human base, not least for a future exploration of other places in the solar system, like the Red Planet Mars.
China is going to send a lunar lander to bring back material from the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years. NASA will send its new interplanetary spaceship Orion into the Moon’s orbit, in preparation of the return of humans to our neighbour. Eventually, at some point in the 2020s, astronauts shall walk across the Moon’s surface again. And the European Space Agency ESA is thinking about a Moon Village – a permanent human outpost on our celestial neighbour.
‘The Moon – Our Gateway to the Universe’ explores the most recent and the most spectacular scientific breakthroughs that are shedding new light on the Moon’s most enduring mysteries.
Yet, we still have to learn a lot about the Moon, because it might be our stepping stone to the planets; and one day even our gateway to the stars.
A production of Terra Mater Factual Studios produced by Cosmos Factory Filmproduktion