Should the US go back to the moon?

In the US there is an ongoing debate about whether we should go back to the moon to explore it again.

It has been 45 years since Lance Armstrong took the first steps on the moon saying: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Since then 12 American astronauts have walked on the moon.

President Obama stopped funds in 2010 for a NASA mission that would put human back on the moon in 2020. “I understand that some believe that we should attempt a return to the surface of the Moon first, as previously planned. But I just have to say pretty bluntly here: We’ve been there before,” Obama said according to USnews.com.

Others believe that there´s still a lot of things to see explore on the moon. “There is a lot of good science that we’ve only scratched the surface on,” added former astronaut Tom Jones.

There are some private companies that have launched rockets of their own, ending the public sector’s monopoly on space flight. NASA has even considered a partnership with the private company SpaceX and the owner Elon Musk has said that if demand to go to the moon exists, his company will help fill it.

Some others, including Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, think that there´s is much more potential in exploring mars. “We’ve done the moon – we understand it better than anything else,” Aldrin said. “We’ve got to stop thinking of short-term hurrahs and start thinking of long-term investments.”