After reading H.G Wells' "First Men In The Moon", I felt interested in learning more about the future of moon landings. We all know of the Apollo program and nothing that happened after that in the 30 years since. We all know of the end of the Space Race after the soviets no longer became a power and nobody having the balls to compete with NASA.
Since then though, many powers have become interested in a stake at space, with China launching a manned flight to the atmosphere and hurdling satellites becoming a daily activity.
This article suggests that now, four more great powers are interested in the moon, them being China, Japan, India and the EU alongside Russia and the U.S.
The EU plans to have a base up and running by 2024 with Russia having one by 2027 and with Cosmonauts there two years before. India has launched an unmanned flight a few weeks back. Japan has had the SELENE spacecraft there a year back and China is probably suppressing information and executing retired workers of their space program. The US has the Constellation program that aims at creating a new Orion spacecraft and having another person on the moon by 2019.
So what are your thoughts on the future of moon exploration and programs? Who do you bet will achieve the most in this new race? Discuss Please.