...I think the main reason we are making noises about returning to the moon is that China has been talking about going there. The original Apollo program was more about the Cold War and less about science. I'm a big enough fan of human exploration to say that whatever gets these programs on track is OK by me. I just have to question whether NASA has the capability of running a large-scale project anymore.
The hows/whys of NASA returning to the Moon...
Why The Moon?
If you asked 100 people why we should return to the moon, you'd probably get 100 answers - or more! Over the past year, NASA posed this question not just to 100 people, but to more than 1,000 from around the world. Scientists, engineers, commercial entrepreneurs, space advocates, and the general public all provided answers to this intriguing question.
Starting with just their responses, NASA worked with 13 of the world's space agencies to develop a Global Exploration Strategy. The strategy explains why the global community believes we should explore space, how space exploration can benefit life on Earth, and how the moon can play a critical role in our exploration of the solar system. One of the primary activities the global space community pursued in 2006 was to answer the questions, "Why should we return to the Moon?" and "What do we hope to accomplish through lunar exploration?"