Thursday, July 31, 2008

Will OnStar Work on the Moon?

Well, no. But an an Ohio State Researcher wants it to. Ron Li is already helping NASA rovers navigate on Mars, and now he wants to get a Global Positioning System (GPS) working on the moon.

NASA is providing $1.2 million for the project over the next three years, which will be a challenge because the moon won't have the same satellites we use for terrestrial GPS. However, the moon system is supposed to be able to use signals from lunar beacons, stereo cameras, and orbital imaging sensors.

I have mixed feelings about this. I am in favor of moon exploration, but when was the last time anyone was actually done on the surface of the moon? 1972? I guess I'm just depressed that even if this system goes online, we still don't have any planned missions to the moon coming up in the near future (although we'll have to test it somehow...).

And don't even get me started talking about the international space station...

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