Images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have shocked scientists by showing that the Moon, the Earth’s natural satellite, is steadily decreasing, resulting in creases on its crust and many moonquakes.
With a series of missions starting this month, NASA’s Artemis program will take humans back to the moon for the first time in more than 50 years. Additionally, NASA intends to build a base camp somewhere among the moon’s south pole’s angular rocks and gray dust.
So why is it that NASA is dying to get back to the Moon as soon as possible? What are the plans for making a permanent Moon base? And, if the Moon really is shrinking, what does this mean for the future astronauts that will call this tiny world their home?