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Will we ever... live on the Moon?
BBC News ^ | 14 June 2012

Posted on 06/14/2012 11:33:44 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Four decades after the Apollo missions, the idea of colonising the Moon is still the stuff of science fiction. But astronomer Phil Plait argues that it is not an issue of whether we can live there, but how and why we want to.

Will mankind once again walk on the lunar surface? I wouldn’t even hesitate to say “yes”, because the future is long, and who in the early 1950s would have dared to predict that we would even land a craft on the Moon within 20 years? But in this case, the answer probably isn’t as interesting as the question itself – more specifically, when, and why, and how will we do it?

I can think of many possible scenarios that could lead to us colonising the Moon: an extended economic boom that allows us to fund ambitious space exploration; a breakthrough in launch costs which makes them drastically cheaper; or the discovery of some vital natural resource on the Moon. But I don’t like betting on breakthroughs.

A better question is then: “What is a likely way we’ll end up with a human presence on the Moon?” Given what we know today and extrapolating from there, I have a thought on how this could happen.

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1 posted on 06/14/2012 11:33:47 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

We should send all the moonbats there.


2 posted on 06/14/2012 11:42:31 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Sure. Right around the same time that the South Sandwich Islands have 200 storey skyscrapers and a population half the density that Hong Kong has today and McDonalds sells the McSoylent Green Mac for 3000 Stelo-creds.
3 posted on 06/14/2012 11:45:28 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: MinorityRepublican

ever, possibly, soon? No. We sooner live in Antarctica before we live on the moon. There need to be resources there that we want before we would go there.


4 posted on 06/15/2012 12:04:05 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: MinorityRepublican

Not me, but maybe you.


5 posted on 06/15/2012 12:07:47 AM PDT by Misterioso (The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap. - Ayn Rand)
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To: MinorityRepublican
I predict that by the year 2112. The permanent human population of the Moon will be over Ten Thousand.
6 posted on 06/15/2012 12:44:16 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: MinorityRepublican
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY6insZjCfU
7 posted on 06/15/2012 12:53:03 AM PDT by South40
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To: KevinDavis

Ping


8 posted on 06/15/2012 12:59:01 AM PDT by The SISU kid (I think they taste like Barbie dolls smell.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The Chinese will be the next ones on the moon. America doesn`t thirst for those adventures anymore.


9 posted on 06/15/2012 1:30:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Sure why not spend a 100 trillon on putting a colony on the moon....we are flush with cash...

...And here we thought the bullet train was a boondoogle

According to fed rules all government contracts must be union wages...and built by union thugs

I don’t see how anything could go wrong...


10 posted on 06/15/2012 2:43:04 AM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: MinorityRepublican

humans? not in the next 100 years.

robots? Probably in 40 years.


11 posted on 06/15/2012 2:43:34 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: MinorityRepublican

If we eve lose our government centric society I would say yes. It will be the free market that does it.


12 posted on 06/15/2012 3:06:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 4rcane
There need to be resources there that we want before we would go there.

Helium-3.

13 posted on 06/15/2012 3:27:03 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

If private ownership and exploitation of resources were allowed, it would happen much sooner.


14 posted on 06/15/2012 3:48:13 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: MinorityRepublican
an extended economic boom that allows us to fund ambitious space exploration
That's what it will take but that can only happen if the West is unshackled and Liberalism, Environmentalism, Socialism and Progressivism are put in chains, forever.

We're a long way from that happening.

As much as I like our odds for living on the moon sometime in the future (as the author says, the future is long), there's also a chance that the envirosocialists will win and we'll all end up eating turnips, riding on donkey carts and living in caves for a greatly extended dark ages.

Remember, liberals, environmentalists, socialists and progressives view the human race as a great evil, and want most of us dead. If they continue to get their way, there's not going to be any great economic boom with its consequent flowering of space travel.

15 posted on 06/15/2012 3:56:32 AM PDT by samtheman (If we want Obamugabe out, we must vote him out.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

A great way to shoot down the anthropogenic global warming weenies is to ask them to explain why the moon is warming.

I usually pause for a moment at that point, look ‘em in the eye, and ask:

‘Do you think it’s ‘cause of those little lunar rover SUVs from the 60s?’


16 posted on 06/15/2012 4:29:09 AM PDT by golux
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To: ScottinVA
The Chinese will be the next ones on the moon.

Very likely. But they will leave as fast as we did - likely for the same reason; just ask Neil Armstrong.


America doesn't thirst for those adventures anymore.

America does thirst for modern adventures in navel contemplation and shoe sniffing leading the way to a glorious future where everyone in equal, except for those more equal than others.

17 posted on 06/15/2012 4:37:30 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Powder..patch..ball FIRE!

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress...


18 posted on 06/15/2012 4:37:43 AM PDT by BallandPowder
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To: MinorityRepublican

I heard really fat people, 500+ and up, would do well on the moon. Their weight would be an advantage.


19 posted on 06/15/2012 4:40:03 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
space 1999 Pictures, Images and Photos
20 posted on 06/15/2012 5:25:40 AM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: MinorityRepublican

From the pic it looks like Moonbeam Brown will finally get his high speed rail.


21 posted on 06/15/2012 5:30:09 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Within the next hundred years, there will be an established human presence on Earth’s moon. I envision something modular like the space station. In fact, the station’s modules could be designed to be transported to the moon for permanent installation there.


22 posted on 06/15/2012 6:02:06 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: 6SJ7
He3! Senator, Astronaut Harrison Schnitt wrote Return to the Moon. He is a geologist and analyzed lnar material and trained other astronauts to gather lunar materials. The amount of lunar materials would allow the building of a lunar colony, mining He3, building fusion reactors, generating and beaming the electricity to earth. This is proven technology which would provide electricity to all of Earth with NO pollution of our atmosphere.

Cost would be substatial but when you look at the RETURN ON INVESTMENT of 25% for the entire Apollo program's 25Billion dollar investment we should start the process yesterday!

23 posted on 06/15/2012 9:42:21 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Young Werther
Our government, and many others, do not want low cost abundant energy. Restrictions are all about power and control. Can't have a population that has too much freedom through economic and energy prosperity.
24 posted on 06/15/2012 10:15:16 AM PDT by Truth29
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