For the 40th anniversary of Apollo 17, Andrew Chaikin is creating videos about lunar exploration and why it’s so important to go back to the moon. Here’s the first, featuring lunar geologist Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute:

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: Andrew Chaikin/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXLuVSjr7UM&feature=share&list=UU2A_-EFWpEzD0U7X8tx5JNw

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