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What Shall We Do With the Moon Once We Get There?

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the good-place-for-wedding-chapels dept.

Moon 524

MarkWhittington writes "For the first time in over thirty five years, the Moon has become the next frontier. The United States has committed to returning human astronauts to the Moon by the end of the next decade. China has hinted that it intends to do this also. A variety of countries, including the United States and China, but also India, Europe, and Japan, have either sent robotic probes into lunar orbit or are on the verge of doing so." Contribute your favorite moon ideas below; I'd like to see it used as the set to film The Moon is a Harsh Mistress .

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Obvious (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703209)

Strip-mine it

Don't worry Grommit... (5, Funny)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703267)

We've got crackers!!!

They mostly come at night...mostly (4, Funny)

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703533)

Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Re:Don't worry Grommit... (2, Funny)

alex4u2nv (869827) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703795)

The salute: Drop pants and bend over.

The Obvious (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703211)

Kill each other for the land

Re:The Obvious (1)

sevenskies (1304157) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703391)

Kill each other for the land
We need United Colonies

Re:The Obvious (5, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703715)

Install a giant frickin' laser on it.

Re:The Obvious (4, Interesting)

confused one (671304) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703793)

It is the high ground.

It's made of cheese. (3, Funny)

Crotch Jenkins (1229438) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703217)

Carve it up and eat it.

Re:It's made of cheese. (4, Funny)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703239)

Carve it up and eat it.

Come on you can do a better job than that:

1. Mine the cheese
2. ...
3. Profit!

Re:It's made of cheese. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703293)

"No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!"

Re:It's made of cheese. (1)

spazdor (902907) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703593)

Your sig and your message collided nicely here. Now I'm imagining brie with chopsticks.

Build a (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703221)

death ray?

Re:Build a (2, Insightful)

hkmarks (1080097) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703585)

Death ray?

Save that for Mimas [wikipedia.org] .

it made of cheese! (1, Redundant)

Rungi (1098221) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703223)

Bring crackers and wine? FP. =P

Oblig. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703227)

More cheese, Gromit?

Hey, Mr. Monkey, don't be asking why. (5, Funny)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703229)

America can, should, must, and will blow up the moon. The time is now. Children are our future.

"You know you can't mess ... with American pride."

Re:Hey, Mr. Monkey, don't be asking why. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703271)

Why do you hate the United States and its citizens?

Re:Hey, Mr. Monkey, don't be asking why. (5, Funny)

cartman (18204) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703309)

There are unconfirmed reports of Al Qaeda on the moon. Furthermore, we have it from very reliable sources that Saddam has been working to establish lunar colonies in order to mine the tritium there for use in hydrogen bombs. We must not wait until there is a mushroom cloud over Earth.

We shall blow up the moon ourselves, if necessary. Nobody can deny us our right of self-defense against the moon. If the French happen to think the idea of blowing up the moon is silly, then we'll rename food products just to spite them ("terrestrial fries"). Anyway, the French don't have the right to oppose our ideas because they're only French and they don't even run the planet anymore, much less the solar system.

chaos (1)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703395)

Simpsons^W Mr. Show did it first.

Re:Hey, Mr. Monkey, don't be asking why. (0)

bonehead (6382) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703727)

Anyway, the French don't have the right to oppose our ideas because they're only French
I was pretty sure you were trying to be funny, then I saw this little gem of truth in there....

Re:Hey, Mr. Monkey, don't be asking why. (1)

TheSpatulaOfLove (966301) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703733)

Amurrica! Fuck Yeah!

A much better option (1)

Plazmid (1132467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703745)

PARTY HARD!

Build a big (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703233)

Frickin laser beam?

Re:Build a big (1, Interesting)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703525)

And carve the moon into the shape of a shark.

TFA is vacuous (4, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703251)

Call me critical but I think if you don't actually have anything new to say on a topic then you shouldn't write about it. And people shouldn't post the link to Slashdot.. did you even read it first?

YAWN

Re:TFA is vacuous (4, Funny)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703281)

YAWN
Be glad you can yawn. On the moon you certainly couldn't.

Re:TFA is vacuous (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703329)

You can in the American outpost. They built it in Texas.

Re:TFA is vacuous (1)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703357)

You can in the American outpost. They built it in Texas.
Planet Houston?

We came, we saw, we left. (5, Insightful)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703253)

It looked better in the brochure.

On second thought ... (4, Funny)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703517)

Let's not go to the moon. It is a silly place.

Build a Huge Telescope (4, Insightful)

phantomcircuit (938963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703259)

What else? [slashdot.org]

Also radio telescopes! (5, Interesting)

Zobeid (314469) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703375)

The far side of the moon could be the perfect place to build an array of radio telescopes. With the whole mass of the moon between the telescopes and the Earth, it would be well shielded from all the RF interference that our modern civilization sprays in all directions.

Re:Also radio telescopes! (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703755)

Um, isn't the dark side of the moon the side opposite the SUN, not earth? (thus the DARK reference) The earth facing side is a mix of the light and dark sides of the moon, most of the time, the exceptions being when there's a full moon (all light side) and a new moon (all dark side).

Re:Also radio telescopes! (4, Funny)

childprey (1054198) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703791)

not to mention the fact that, yknow, the moon rotates.

Re:Build a Huge Telescope (4, Interesting)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703487)

There are a lot of uses for a low gravity, low temperature* (half the time, anyway), high sunlight satellite. Power generation would be easy if we could solve the transportation issue. Retirement village for those who are extremely wealthy, taking a lot of pressure off of their joints. Tourism, of course. Data processing centers for those applications where scientists wait months before being able to use the computing power anyway. Eventually, assuming that colonization ended up being practical, it could be used as a refueling station/rest stop for space craft, giving them a place to land which doesn't require as much power to take off from.

Most importantly, I'm reminded of Amara's law: we're going to overestimate its usefulness in the short term, and underestimate it for the long term.

*The lack of an atmosphere will make it so that heat doesn't dissipate in that direction very quickly, but I'm thinking that the dark side of the moon itself would be a kickass heat sink.

Re:Build a Huge Telescope (3, Informative)

seifried (12921) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703747)

A server farm is a terrible idea, first you got to schlep all the stuff up there, build infrastructure and (drum roll please) cool it. Cool it into what though? There's no atmosphere. So you need to build a radiator farm, but when you're facing the sun good luck radiating all that heat away. Much saner to leave the server farms on planet earth. About the only thing that makes sense is mining it for the deuterium on the surface and using it as a launch base for interplanetary stuff (no atmosphere +less gravity = much better, plus you could fire stuff using a rail gun.

Re:Build a Huge Telescope (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703769)

While you are right about the potential heat sink qualities of the dark side of the moon, the problem to that is that the dark side of the moon, as commonly stated, isn't actually always dark. It is only called dark because, well, we can never see it from earth. From the lunar perspective however, all surfaces receive solar radiation, just like the earth does.

As long as whatever process can be shut down and not damaged by extreme heat during the lunar day cycles however, there is no reason not to take advantage of that extreme cold available 50% of the time.

Note: I have no idea what magnitude of heat energy is provided by solar radiation reflecting from the earth to the moon, but I assume it is a trivial amount.

going to the moon (2, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703265)

will serve the same purpose in the near future that it has in the past: a nationalist chest thumping exercise

1. it demonstrates to other nations technological prowess. don't mess with us, we have the tech to go to the moon

2. it demonstrates to citizens how wonderful the usa/ china/ india is. they forget their earthly concerns

there is absolutely no other valid purpose besides that, for the short term

as for the long term, i won't pretend to know there might not be a more long term purpose, if you don't pretend to know of a specious long term purpose

Re:going to the moon (5, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703365)

> there is absolutely no other valid purpose besides that, for the short term

For some values of "short".

Reminds me of Seward's folly. Buy Alaska? What a total waste of money. Can't possibly justify such a waste while there is still one "Poor person" left anywhere in the world.

Re:going to the moon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703639)

Two words...Gravity Well.

If you aren't bright enough to understand the implications of those two words, not much point in further discussion with you.

Re:going to the moon (1)

imneverwrong (1303895) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703737)

Exploration and research are non-specious long term investments. And when realized, they will benefit even those staunchly opposed to the idea of more space exploration.

Have anal sex! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703277)

Christ, I love Greek! Women just don't seem to understand that a man can find just as much pleasure in the warm confines of a well- muscled ass as they can in the satin embrace of a well-wetted cunt. Maybe we men have conditioned them too well to ignoring one hole for the other: nonetheless, every man I've talked to about it loves Greek and every woman who I've talked to about it has been less than enthusiastic. So imagine my surprise last weekend when Kathleen treated me to the joys of anal sex in what must be the first time in five or six years.

The night started our strangely. Kathleen had just finished re- arranging her large library and was exhausted. As suits my biological clock, I was just coming awake at 10 PM when she was turning in. She invited me to bed and I politely declined: I was horny as usual and told her I'd keep her awake. After a couple of more requests from her, I stripped and crawled in beside her. Kathleen loves to snuggle and wasted no time in curling her small body up next to mine. I turned and kissed her. She was oddly responsive for her tired state, and teased me with a hint of tongue in her kisses. I reached down to feel her muff and found it just beginning to rev as her right hand slipped down her belly to her clit.

I took up what has become my customary position between her legs - kneeling and using my cock as a sex toy to tickle her lower labia and the entrance to her cunt. But this time I let my aim wander lower to the wonderful curve where ass, crotch, and leg meet. I rubbed my cock against this soft crescent and expanded the stroke to brush against the entrance to her ass. I noticed that every time that my prick touched her rosebud, her strokes on her clit quickened. It wasn't long before I was pressing the tip of my cock against her asshole.

Surprise! My cock slipped easily into her ass until the entire head was buried inside, and just as I was about to pull out and apoligize, she handed me a bottle of sex lubricant and said "What the fuck? Why not?". I pulled back and poured the lubricant on my hard cock and noticed her pussy was swollen and very wet. I worked my cock back into its previous nest. It was so easy. I could feel her ass muscles relaxing and opening for me. I eased ever so slowly deeper. Such heaven! Like a warm, wet hand gripping all around my prick - so much tighter than pussy, and delightful in an entirely different way. I could feel her hips grind against me as I worked the last of my seven-plus inches into her back door. Realizing where I was and how long it had been since I'd known this pleasure, I had to fight to pull the reigns in on my orgasm.

It seemed like forever - my slow rocking pulling my cock almost full-length out of her ass before easing it back in until my balls rested against her firm buns. Her right hand furiously massaged her clit and her left hand played at the entrance of her cunt, pressing on the full length of her labia. And all the while my cock was enveloped in a firm net of gripping muscles that wrestled to bring the cum from me. "It's so weird," she said as she searched for the grip on her own orgasm. Suddenly, it was upon her. I felt her ass open up like a mouth that was just to blow up a ballon. "Are you close?" she hissed. "No," I grunted. She was close, tho'. Too close to stop. I felt her stiffen and lurch under me. "Uuhhhh! Come on you bastard! Fill my ass!" she yelled as she dug her nails into my back. Amazing what a little dirty talk will do - from that special nowhere where good men hide their orgasms until their lovers are ready, my load bolted from my crotch to my brain and back to my flushed balls. I gripped the pillow with my teeth and jerked my neck back and forth and tried not to deafen Kathleen when my cum blasted out of my cock like water from a firehose. The rush of jism racing up my tube seemed to last for stroke after stroke until sweaty Kathleen gasped, grunted, and pushed me from on top of her. Since I have a little anal experience myself, I knew the sudden discomfort of having something in your ass after you've orgasmed. I considerately slipped out of her despite not having finished my own orgasm to my complete satisfaction.

I kissed her and thanked her for her special gift, but she pushed me away. "Go wash off and fuck my pussy," she said " I feel like something's undone." So after a quick and thorough shower, I returned to the futon where her dripping, swollen twat waited for my not-quite-recovered cock.

And that's another story...

Okay i'll bite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703283)

Claim my land of course!!!

http://www.moonshop.com/ [moonshop.com]

Re:Okay i'll bite (0, Offtopic)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703511)

Re:Okay i'll bite
Ouch. Why do people always have to bite?

Porno Studio (3, Funny)

kaufmanmoore (930593) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703305)

We'd finally get real Nymphos from outer space

Gayniggers from Outer Space (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703677)

How about Gayniggers from Outer Space?

Build Orbtiting Solar Power Stations (4, Interesting)

szyzyg (7313) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703307)

The raw materials are mostly there (silica, aluminium) and the energy requirements to get smething to geostationary orbit around the earth are about 3% of a launch from earth. Sure, there's not enough volatiles to launch economicly using conventional rockets, but not having an atmosphere means most of your launch velocity can come from a linear acelerator.

Of course, this kind of thing would need serious investment, but you could use such a network to reder most earth based power generation obsolete, and you'd get a nice global death ray system thrown in for free.

Re:Build Orbtiting Solar Power Stations (2, Interesting)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703515)

But what's the time frame for this? If cheap fusion power is available then going to the Moon or elsewhere in space gets a whole lot easier. Problem is, that same technology makes motivations like solar power stations obsolete.

I've never seen a study of SPS that includes an estimate of how long it will take to build them (that isn't just fantasia bullshit that is). If it will take 30 years before you break even then its not hard to justify just waiting around for something better to come up.

Don't get me wrong, I think if sufficient funding was put into an Apollo style crash program you could get SPS producing net power in under 10 years, and the same simply cannot be said for fusion. We have the physics for SPS, it's just a question of engineering now.. the same cannot be said for plasma physics.

But unless the next administration is looking for a massive public works project, that kind of funding isn't going to happen.

The next administration (1)

spazdor (902907) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703667)

Wait a few months.

Re:Build Orbtiting Solar Power Stations (2, Interesting)

amightywind (691887) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703527)

The valuable materials are refractory metals, like Ti, Mg, Ni, Cr, Mn. The lunar surface is relatively Aluminum poor. The lunar highlands are made up of anorthosite which contains some aluminum, but it is tighly bound no more a useful ore there than it is on earth. We don't need to go to the moon to mine silica. The mare and highlands ate silica poor. The moon would yield strategic metals.

Re:Build Orbtiting Solar Power Stations (1)

spandex_panda (1168381) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703619)

It'd be a bloody long power cable mate!

Hurl large rocks at people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703653)

Once we get there we should hurl large rocks at people.
What do you think we should do?

I would love to install a giant kinetic energy weapon up there and be done with nukes.

What about the candidates? (1)

Audent (35893) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703313)

What do the presidential candidates say about it? I'm tired of ten year plans when at best a president's going to get eight years in the hot seat.

Do either McCain or Obama have policies about space exploration in general and the moon commitment in particular?

Re:What about the candidates? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703409)

Well, we do know that Sen. Obama is completely unprepared to lead a space program, while Sen. McCain is committed to continuing the failed space policies of the Bush/Cheney administration.

There's even a question? (1)

QuasiEvil (74356) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703321)

Same thing we do every night, Pinky - pillage. Duh.

Become Whalers! (1)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703325)

This! [nokia.com]

Use it as a launch pad to explore mars. (1)

TRAyres (1294206) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703327)

We should use it as a launch pad to explore mars, and work towards colonizing it.

That is, after we fight off the Nazis that inhabit it [http://www.ironsky.net/site/]

mining just thing of what we can find there. (0, Redundant)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703333)

mining just thing of what we can find there.

take lots of pictures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703335)

for a travel brochure enticing eco-tourists to the Arizona desert.

Or was that Roswell, NM? I can't keep these straight.

That's no moon... (1)

jeiler (1106393) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703337)

It's ... OK, never mind.

Seriously, at this point there is no purpose to going to the moon for the US. We don't have the tech (or the budget) to set up a self-sufficient base, much less a colony. The transport costs for supplies are too expensive. Personnel would have to be rotated off--at additional cost of money, resource, and risk to their safety.

What we need to do is develop and send some form of unmanned, containerized, modular base, that can autonomously set itself up and start producing power, oxygen, and water. Once that is in place, we have a considerable step towards a self-sufficient base, and even a first "baby-step" towards a colony.

If we're not planning on having people live there eventually, then what's the damn point?

Re:That's no moon... (0, Offtopic)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703381)

USA! USA! USA!

USA! USA! USA!

U! S! A!

Some lameness, to get by the filter. Stupid filter.

Re:That's no moon... (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703417)

Even if you are going to have people live up there, what's the point. In case you haven't figured it out yet, life is much better down here. Much less severe conditions, and you have people to talk to. And if you don't like the people you're currently talking to, you can go off and find some more people. Unless we can actually find a way to mine the moon, cheaper than we could find the same elements on earth, I really don't see the moon as being a useful place to visit. The first time around was nice, just to say we did it. But it's really nothing more than a really big rock, which happens to orbit our planet.

Re:That's no moon... (1)

jeiler (1106393) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703627)

Precisely. Based on current knowledge, there's no economic benefit in going to the moon, whether it's a "day trip" or a colony.

But if we ever discover that there is an economic advantage, my proposal is (IMhO) more workable than manned missions.

Read any good Sci-Fi lately? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703349)

Mining, Manufacturing and Settlements. And I'll volunteer to be a settler.

Ignore it. There's nothing there we care about. (5, Interesting)

maynard (3337) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703359)

OK, if a He3 reactor comes online - fine, let's mine the moon. But we sure as hell can't live there, it has 1/6th the gravity of earth. Human beings are not adapted to 1/6G, we are adapted to 1G. If there is material on the moon worth mining, then people won't do it - machines will. We can make machines that would work in 1/6G far easier than we could adapt ourselves to live in 1/6G.

The moon is a canard. As is living on Mars.

I predict that within 500 years humanity will have spread throughout the solar system. But we won't live on a single planet or planetoid. Nor will we "teraform" any planets or moons in our solar system. We will instead *build* our habitats and live within them in orbit around various planets and moons which have materials we happen to need.

I could imagine a large rotating space station in orbit around Titan, dropping a nanotube straw to the methane atmosphere and/or oceans for energy. Or we might live in orbit around Earth, Venus, or Mercury in order to extract abundant sunlight for energy conversion.

Once we get off of Earth's gravity well, why in God's name would we build another society within another gravity well? Space is where we should live. And in space, we should build habitats suitable to our evolutionary history. And once we can do that, the notion that we waste our time looking for "habitable planets" becomes a canard. Our only interest is to look for stars and planets with enough energy to support our biological needs.

Re:Ignore it. There's nothing there we care about. (1)

FeepingCreature (1132265) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703617)

Sidenote: you can build a rotating habitat on a planetary body. It's not exactly as easy as doing it in space, but moon's reduced gravity and lack of atmosphere actually works in your favor with this (less wear, less friction). Only problem is energy consumption.

Re: Peace On Earth (1)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703723)

The always clever Stanislaw Lem wrote a book called "Peace On Earth" in which world peace is achieved... by moving the war to the moon.

I had a new idea for a space race . . . (1)

rev_sanchez (691443) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703363)

. . . animals on the moon. Russia, China, and the EU could probably get a person on the moon in a decade or so but let's see them get a rhino or crocodile up there in a special space suit. Eventually they might counter with China sending a panda, Russia sending a Siberian tiger, and the EU will going classy with a fancy horse or something but then we bust out the space shark.

Create the Happiest place orbiting Earth (1)

Atriqus (826899) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703383)

Matt Groening already decided this for us; why are we even debating this?

a few ideas (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703393)

1) mining helium 3 currently there are no viable fusion reactors to use any of it though
2) space telescopes
3) forget the moon, visit an asteroid instead- the moon requires that rockets carry much more fuel for laeaving the moon than an asteroid, also the moon is deficient in volatiles in comparison to many asteroids/comets

Live there (4, Interesting)

Crookdotter (1297179) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703397)

I want us to set up a large colony, or as large as we can at the current time. Get a biosphere or two setup. I'm sure I read that there are machines that can convert moon rock into a variety of materials, not the least is oxygen and concrete. Large habitats chock full of people would suit me fine. Moon City One sounds pretty cool to me. I doubt I'll see it in my lifetime, but I hope I'm wrong.

obvious (5, Funny)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703423)

The first pioneers will be whalers, but eventually it will be a theme park with hookers and blackjack.

Re:obvious (4, Funny)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703485)

Forget the theme park.

Mass Driver (1)

not_surt (1293182) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703427)

Lob lumps of moon-crete at the unwitting earthlings below. Muah-hah-hah-haaah!

We should STAY THERE this time. (2, Interesting)

mikelieman (35628) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703441)

We should commit to actually developing a colony, rather than these expensive tech demonstrations. Treat it like the south pole stations. Send 50 people and a shitload of supplies and raw materials, and Good Luck.

Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703449)

[X] Blow it up.

Leave the lawyers and bureaucrats on Earth (1)

KillerBeeze (756541) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703471)

We should forget about the lawyers and bureaucrats they are nothing but a waists of Oxygen.

off-site storage (1)

u4ya (1248548) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703497)

back-up genetic material and other important data in case something happens to the original

Rape it (4, Interesting)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703503)

This is a serious suggestion, not a troll. There is no life on the moon, nothing much worth preserving (aside from the odd monolith) so it would hardly be much of a "loss". Might as well extract as much benefit as we can from it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for saving the rainforests, but the moon is essentially a rock.

Real estate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703507)

We need to return to the moon so that those savvy people with the foresight to purchase land can finally lay claim to it.

Manufacturing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703547)

Why is there any question of this?

We should go there so we can build 108" flat screen TVs.

Simple answer... (2, Interesting)

david.given (6740) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703549)

...we'll learn stuff that will turn out to be useful in really unlikely, impossible-to-predict ways.

Pretty much the same answer as with any pure science initiative, really. Remember: economics may come and go, but knowledge is the only investment that will pay dividends for eternity.

Build a permanent habitat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703557)

Put some people up there and figure out how to keep them alive and well, with less and less assistance from us down here.

Intelligent Life (1)

benhattman (1258918) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703573)

There are two great issue with being an intelligent life-form. 1) Humans are constantly terrified that some greater intelligence will harm them (god and aliens in that order). 2) Continuation of #1, we don't have any slightly lesser intelligences which we ourselves can lord over. I think #2 might help explain our problem with #1.

So, the answer is simple. We plant the moon with primitive life, which we have specially modified to encourage mutation. We then carefully craft that life until it begins to form intelligence, at which point we leave well enough alone, but still monitor them. The moment they begin to ask the big questions, like is there any other life in space, we show up and lord over them how much more advanced we are. That's pretty much my plan.

Create fake fake moon landing videos (4, Insightful)

dgym (584252) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703575)

It is the perfect set, don't let it go to waste.

Install lights and mirrors... (0, Flamebait)

JDark (512354) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703583)

so the moon can never appear as a crescent again. HAHA Muslims.

Remember "Space 1999"? (2, Funny)

p51d007 (656414) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703603)

Hey, we're only a couple of decades late, but store all of our nuclear waste on the moon, then it can blow up and leave orbit, just like on tv!!! LOL.

Government Spending (1)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703611)

Should products and services be provided under threat of violence? This include products and services provided by NASA.

Build the Observatory (1)

Bureaucromancer (1303477) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703659)

We just had the item about building the lenses on site, now it's even more obvious than it already was. Use the moon for the next generation deep space telescopes; its the perfect platform from them, and simper to manage than free flying telescopes.

For the older crowd... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703675)

Big burned in sign:

"Eat at Joe's"

Lunar Solar Base (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703681)

Cover thousands of square Km with solar collectors, and laser the power back to Earth (at about 10KW:m^2) to a floating collector at sea, then over to my undersea grotto lair. Leave my logo carved out in the collector surface in bare moondust, so my power corp is advertised globally every night (well, about half the nights).

How about we build this damn thing already? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703697)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_driver

Menace From Earth (1)

opencity (582224) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703701)

Poster suggested Moon is a Harsh Mistress as a movie - not a bad idea - but The Menace From Earth [wikipedia.org] has a great cavern where people fly with wings in the low gravity!!! The plot's a teenage romance story so Hollywood would probably need to dumb it down. (but would that be 'Lunawood'?)

Build a Datacenter (1)

mathmoi (869889) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703711)

You know in case we blew the earth... redundancy is good.

Anonymous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23703743)

One thing we could use the moon for is PRISONS. Put
the sick evil bastards there. One good reason for
that is you can STOP taking away MY freedoms because
of them. Thank you...

heh... (1)

rastoboy29 (807168) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703751)

The Moon is American, goddammit!

OBVIOUS!!! (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703763)

Set up a moonbase... call it Alpha, let the atomic piles blow up on it launching the moon out of orbit, and go on a galaxy spanning adventure...

Obviously... (3, Funny)

NerveGas (168686) | more than 6 years ago | (#23703829)

Steal it from the natives.
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