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 ºC. This is far more hospitable for man and machine than the Moon's equatorial regions, in which temperatures swing wildly from -180 ºC to 100 ºC. "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?

Posted by Physics Geek at April 14, 2005 03:27 PM StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

Sounds cool, but are there any natural resources to exploit?

Posted by: Harvey at April 14, 2005 06:13 PM

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

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