Britain is preparing its first mission to the moon. To reveal the British Sunday Telegraph that the British government will approve next month a mission that will launch a satellite to the Moon.
The mission, whose name is Moon Lightweight Interior and Telecommunications Experiment (Moonlite) and whose cost is estimated at 100 million pounds (118 million), will be announced next month by the British minister of science, and the launch of satellite should be between 2012 and 2014.
The satellite went into orbit after launch of the mini-robot that will land on the lunar surface at different points, and then penetrate into the surface to a depth of about six feet. The mini-robots will gather data on seismic activity and temperature for a maximum period of one year.
The main purpose of the mission is to investigate the causes of earthquakes on the moon.
The announcement comes after the British mission that india has sent its first probe to the Moon. The mission is supported by NASA, which has already announced plans for a new return to the moon with astronauts by 2020.