Uploaded: Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 3:25 PM
Stanford on the moon?
Stanford University students now study at
satellite campuses in Kyoto, Paris, Moscow and Oxford, among other
places. In the future, Stanford may be launching new satellites --
to the moon.
Stanford faculty and NASA are talking about a
joint project between the university and space agency that would
result in a Stanford presence on the moon by 2015.
Several alumni talked about the project last
Friday during the university's homecoming weekend, including Lois
Aldrin, class of '51, and her astronaut-husband Buzz.
The idea would be to send small, 4-inch cube
satellites to the moon to send back data to help educate future
scientists. Professor Bob Twiggs believes those satellites could be
sent to the moon as early as 2010.
There is much international interest in the
moon. Russia plans to mine the moon's helium-3, China plans to send
a manned mission to the moon by 2024 and the United States plans to
establish a lunar base by 2030.