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The New Moon: Water, Exploration, and Future Habitation

  • A complete story of the human lunar experience, presenting many facts about the Moon for the first time
  • Answers many fascinating questions about the lunar environment, how it could be made habitable for humans and whether continued exploration of the Moon is justified
  • Presents recent advances in our understanding of the nature of water on the Moon, along with little-known facts from the space race

By: Arlin Crotts(Author)

400 pages, 90 b/w illustrations, 3 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Nov 2014 | #199716 | ISBN-13: 9780521762243
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About this book

Explore Earth's closest neighbor, the Moon, in this fascinating and timely book and discover what we should expect from this seemingly familiar but strange, new frontier. What startling discoveries are being uncovered on the Moon? What will these tell us about our place in the Universe? How can exploring the Moon benefit development on Earth? Discover the role of the Moon in Earth's past and present; read about the lunar environment and how it could be made more habitable for humans; consider whether continued exploration of the Moon is justified; and view rare Apollo-era photos and film stills. This is a complete story of the human lunar experience, presenting many interesting but little-known and significant events in lunar science for the first time. It will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about the stunning discoveries being uncovered on the Moon.

Advance praise:

"Crotts recounts how our understanding of the Moon has shifted since we briefly touched it [...] Fascinating."
- BBC Sky at Night Magazine

"Crotts mines lunar research and its implications for human colonization in staggering, often deeply engaging detail."
- Nature



1. The importance of the Moon
2. First steps
3. Moon/Mars
4. An international flotilla
5. Moon rise from the ashes
6. Moons past
7. The pull of the far side
8. False seas, real seas
9. Inconstant Moon
10. Moonlighting
11. Lunar living room
12. Lunar power
13. Stepping stone
14. Return to Earth


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Arlin Crotts is Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University and has won numerous awards for his work. Having observed objects as distant as ten billion light years and as close as the Moon, he finds the problems of lunar science particularly intriguing.

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