On Monday 21 November at 19:30 GMT:
It’s been half a century since humans last walked on the moon. Should we go back now to stay?

It is a prospect that comes closer to reality than NASA’s Artemis I mission successfully launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral early Wednesday morning. The highly anticipated rocket launch is the first milestone in a three-phase plan that aims to put the first woman and first person of color on the moon by 2025.

Those in favor of going back to the moon say the lunar surface could be used to mine minerals and frozen water, creating entirely new industries and a potential boom for private space companies.

Both the US and China are rushing to build the first permanent lunar base that can also be used as a launch site for Mars exploration. While China and Russia work together to build five lunar bases in the coming years, at least 20 countries have sided with the US in development ethical guidelines for the exploration and use of the moon.

All of these ambitious goals point to humanity’s ultimate multiplanetary future – a scenario that evokes both excitement and fear from some in the space community.

In this episode of The Stream, we look at future plans for the moon.

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