The American astronauts have already explored parts of the moon. Why go there again?
The twelve Apollo astronauts were then there because there was a race between the US and the Soviet Union. The goal was to be there first, not science. Only the last three missions had scientific goals above all – but then the Apollo program was discontinued. We want to continue where Apollo left off.
What else could scientists explore on the moon?
We could find clues that help us answer the big questions of the universe: how did the cosmos come about? How did life come to earth? Are we alone? And where does our journey take us?