Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Moon base plans

There are plans to build a base on the moon, and this makes a lot of sense. The idea is to have a base near the moon's (south) pole, and 3D print the buildings using raw materials found on the moon.

Such a base would be useful for learning to live and manufacture in space, for space based research, for launching missions to Mars (and elsewhere), and for building a large radio telescope (protected from radio interference experienced on Earth). Oh, and there is an opportunity for tourism too.

Such a base would represent our first giant leap off the planet and boost space innovation.

In addition, the moon contains Helium3 which would be useful in producing a new generation of fusion reactors for either generating electrical power [although there is plenty of opportunity for harvesting vast amounts of solar energy], or for rocket propulsion to other planets, and beyond.

See more details in the article.

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