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Exploring and Developing the Moon
The Moon Society vision is of human development of the Moon, and use of lunar resources. The Artemis Data Book, particularly section 2, illustrates how we see development of the Moon as central to humanity's future in the solar system, and beyond. Serious proposals for manned lunar bases date back at least to the Lunex project and related concepts from the US armed forces in the late 1950's. Apollo had been intended to continue scaling up to bigger and more capable bases, until the budget cuts that finally ended the program with Apollo 17 in 1972. NASA studies for lunar bases resumed under the first President Bush's "Space Exploration Initiative" - but the $400+ billion price tag that came with (including a mission to Mars) killed the proposal in Congress, discouraging most NASA work along these lines since then.
Some reliable sources
Space.com has a nice guide to looking at the Moon, including a Top 10 list of Moon facts and Moon phase information. The American Lunar Society is devoted to amateur lunar observation. NASA has a comprehensive lunar exploration timeline.
Googling for the Moon
The Moon, so close, yet so hard to reach, features large in the literature and mythology of humanity. The name, generic as it is, embeds itself in so much that a simple search turns up as many links to popular entertainment as to factual content. The directory query is a bit more useful, with subcategories on observing, the Apollo missions, eclipses, and links to information on phases, illusions, and the famous blue moons. A related directory category, on space colonization or settlement, brings us information on possible futures for the moon.
More Moon links:
Patricia Altner has a pretty comprehensive list of major science fiction works relating to the Moon.
More Moon Information from the Artemis Data Base and Other External Sites