April 14, 2005
A lunar base?
I was a small child when we first landed on the moon. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that us poor Earthlings would give up on space and remain ground-bound for 30 years. Now that President Bush has expressed interest in going back to the moon, and then on to Mars, others are starting to investigate the possibility of a permanent lunar station. Following is an excerpt from a Nature column
The perpetually sunlit spots proposed by Bussey's team could make perfect sites for building a manned lunar base. For one thing, they would benefit from bountiful solar energy.
What's more, climate calculations suggest that they would hover at a relatively balmy -50 ÂºC. This is far more hospitable for man and machine than the Moon's equatorial regions, in which temperatures swing wildly from -180 ÂºC to 100 ÂºC. "It's quite mild in space terms," Spudis says.
More can be found here.
Growing up, I dreamed that I or my children would get to visit, and spend time, at a permanent lunar base. Let's make that dream a reality, shall we?
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Sounds cool, but are there any natural resources to exploit?
Posted by: Harvey at April 14, 2005 06:13 PM (tJfh1)
We won't know until we start strip-mining. Let's get to it.
Posted by: physics geek at April 14, 2005 09:10 PM (Xvrs7)
We should have been there years ago. My knees need the 1/6 gravity so that I can play racquetball again.
By the way, Somehow I managed to score 99 on the Geek test. It must have been due to my occupational Radiation exposure.
Posted by: rad geek at April 16, 2005 03:21 AM (zj7LF)
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