=On the moon

During the first decade of the 21st century, NASA is seeking opportunities for man to boldly go where he has gone before: back to the moon. But this time, researchers are hoping for a longer-term stay.

To learn more, NASA has launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a satellite that will orbit the moon for two years, collecting information intended to help establish a sustainable human presence on the moon. One of the instruments that will be used to collect the data is CRaTER (Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation), developed at BU by a team assembled by Harlan Spence (CAS’83), a College of Arts & Sciences professor of astronomy. In the video, he talks about all the different research that needs to be done before humans can walk on the moon again.