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Site for Moon Base Determined

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the roadtrip! dept.

Moon 738

Deinhard writes "Going hand-in-hand with the recent discussion on Moon Bases, Space.com is reporting that the perfect spot for a moon base has been found. According to the article, 'the best spot to settle on the Moon may be on the northern rim of Peary crater, close to the north pole.' What makes the location so important is that it is permanently lit, with a balmy -58 Fahrenheit (-50 C)."

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738 comments

Hello Slashdot reader, I am Ignignot & this is (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235098)

We are Mooninites from the inner core of the Moon. Our race is hundreds of years behind yours. Some would say that the Earth is our moon, but that would belittle the name of our moon, which is The Moon.

For one thing, the Moon has one third less gravity than your Earth. I don't know if you can understand that, but our vertical leap is beyond all measurement.

On the Moon, nerds get their pants pulled down and they are spanked with Moonrocks.

Re:Hello Slashdot reader, I am Ignignot & this (4, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235125)

Fine, I'll build my own moon base! With blackjack...and hookers...in fact, forget the base!

Re:Hello Slashdot reader, I am Ignignot & this (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235138)

So I suppose you'd be a good person to ask who wrote "The Moon Rulez" on my car with a key.

Re:Hello Slashdot reader, I am Ignignot & this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235165)

Thanks for posting that, I can't read it without imagining Ignignot's voice =)

Now all they have to do... (2, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235130)

is make sure that no one owns that parcel;-)

Re:Now all they have to do... (1)

Alcilbiades (859596) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235398)

the moonanites already own the moon.

And now... (4, Funny)

Tuxedo Jack (648130) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235131)

They can build the Alan Parsons Project.

Re:And now... (2, Funny)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235189)

They can build the Alan Parsons Project.

I thought that was some kind of hovercraft...

Re:And now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235383)

no i am sorry laser was the correct answer, laser

Finance: Money for Moon Base Unknown (3, Insightful)

Ars-Fartsica (166957) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235136)

Record debt and deficits, and the Senate is right now discussing removing the Estate Tax. There is no money for this in your lifetime, it is scifi.

Re:Finance: Money for Moon Base Unknown (5, Insightful)

bobbis.u (703273) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235208)

There are other countries in space besides the USA.

Re:Finance: Money for Moon Base Unknown (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235222)

Right - congress is doing what it should be: ensuring that we reestablish monied lineages in this society. If you're wildly successful, it's the least you can do for your progeny, to ensure them that nobody with your last name from your line will ever have to work again.

Things like moonbases are just extraneous.

Re:Finance: Money for Moon Base Unknown (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235454)

And just what claim does the government have on my family's money if it's been gained by doing honest work? "To prevent some families gathering too much money" is a just a sad excuse for class envy and socialism.

Re:Finance: Money for Moon Base Unknown (3, Insightful)

JasonMaggini (190142) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235228)

Who says it's the government that has to build it?

Ready-Made (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235140)

Wow, all you need are astronauts from Alaska and Siberia and you're ready to go!

Expected (1)

tindur (658483) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235142)

I was expecting this as Slashdot was looking for volonteers.

Re:Expected (2, Funny)

SmokeHalo (783772) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235169)

"Anonymous Cowards only, please...step right this way for the physical."

Re:Expected (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235242)

You have to be able to spell "volunteer"

Re:Expected (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235331)

All future moon astronauts please take off your clothes and go this way to the delousing chamber. Thanks for your cooperation, Hans.

Re:Expected (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235423)

Is there some sort of fat virgin shortage on the moon?

Too bad... (5, Funny)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235150)

I own that bit of the moon, i have a certificate [lunarregistry.com] to prove it.

Re:Too bad... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235199)

Well in that case, you'd better get up there before anyone else and protect your claim!

Re:Too bad... (1)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235276)


"Gol-darned claim-jumpin' bushwackin' astro-nots!"

/me pulls off space helmet, hurls it to ground, and starts jumping up and down on it.

Re:Too bad... (3, Funny)

blogeasy (674237) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235255)

It looks like the standard price for land on the moon is $18.95/acre. Maybe they could buy you out.

Re:Too bad... (1, Funny)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235461)

No they probably just send him to Guantanamo. Much easier.

-50c?! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235152)

"But Keptin, this is the Garden spot of Ceti Alpha 6"

All your Moon Base... (1)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235153)

All your Moon Base are belong to Peary Crater!

Move humans for great justice!

Always??? (5, Funny)

Fnagaton (580019) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235154)

"What makes the location so important is that it is permanently lit"

Even during a lunar eclipse? ;)

Re:Always??? (3, Informative)

Ayaress (662020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235241)

Eclipses are relatively rare. It's one thing to have to run off stored energy for a few hours a couple times a year tops, it's another one to have to run off batteries for half of every month.

There's always an eclipse on Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235262)

Rare?

There's always an eclipsed spot on Earth...

Re:There's always an eclipse on Earth (5, Informative)

Ayaress (662020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235447)

You've got it backwards. Take a look [infoplease.com] at the numbers. The maximum possible number of lunar eclipses per year is three.

What you're thinking is that when there is an eclipse, it's visible everywhere on earth, I think. Solar eclipses are only visible in certain places.

The alternative is that you're thinking of solar eclipses, and just completely wrong. The maximum possible number of solar eclipses visible from ANYWHERE on earth in the same year is five (also worth noting that if there are five solar eclipses, there can only be two lunar eclipses).

Furthurmore, of those maximum of three eclipses per year, not all of them are total. The north or south pole sometimes escapes them. If the north rim of the moon is visible, then the north pole station will remain lit.

Now, when there is a lunar eclipse, the maximum length is two hours for a partial eclipse, and 1 hour 42 minutes for a total eclipse.

In the worst possible case scenario, a north polar base on the moon will have to run without solar power for a total of six hours a year, broken into three two-hour blocks.

Re:Always??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235367)

Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh. The joke just flew over yer head into orbit.

Re:Always??? (1)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235256)

Well since I built my Astro's baseball field there offcourse it is going to be always lit with my stadium lights....DUH!!!!

Re:Always??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235257)

Um, yeah. You see, the Moon gets its light from the Sun, not the Earth. Just because it looks dark from the Earth doesn't mean it's actually dark.

Re:Always??? (1)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235325)


"There is no dark side of the Moon really...matter of fact it's all dark."
- Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon

Re:Always??? (1)

TrevorB (57780) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235264)

I sense a Michael Crighton novel coming on...

Lunar eclipse (-1)

norminator (784674) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235382)

"What makes the location so important is that it is permanently lit"

Even during a lunar eclipse? ;)


A lunar eclipse is veiwed from the earth when the moon gets between the sun and the earth. From the moon, there are no lunar eclipses. I'm sure they've got "earth eclipses" (terra eclipses?), but they don't have lunar eclipses.

When part of the moon gets in its own shadow, that corresponds with what we call "night" here on earth.

Re:Lunar eclipse (3, Informative)

databoing (259158) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235449)

*BZZT!* Wrong! Thanks for playing!

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon is in the umbra or penumbra ("shadow" for you laypeople) of the EARTH.

A SOLAR eclipse occurs when the moon gets between the earth and the sun.

Solar eclipses are more common (once every 2 years, offhand), than lunar eclipses (once every 4 years).

Re:Lunar eclipse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235458)

Oh really? Then what, prey tell, is a solar eclipse?
When the sun goes between the earth and the moon?

It's not permanently lit (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235158)

Two words: Earth eclipse.

Dullards.

Dammit, skip the moon, go to Mars... (5, Interesting)

tquinlan (868483) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235161)

...we've had the technology for years [amazon.com] as Robert Zubrin points out in his book. The moon is just a big rock, and we've been there before.

(Seriously, read the book, and if you're not convinced, well, you should be. ;) )

Re:Dammit, skip the moon, go to Mars... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235207)

The problem is: we don't do anything with Mars whereas Moon is close enough for us to ferry raw materials such as tritium to Earth.

A base on Mars might sound great (mostly because most of us have been brainwashed by scifi), but the economical realities dictate that the first base will either be a mine on Moon or on asteroids.

Re:Dammit, skip the moon, go to Mars... (5, Insightful)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235385)

The moon is just a big rock

Yes, just a big rock, chock full of raw materials we need for your trip to Mars, and with only 1/6 the gravity and no atmosphere, it's easy to get those materials into orbit.

"Skipping" the moon is sheer lunacy (pardon the pun). Once established, the Moon Base will py for itself countless times over.

Slashdot polls work (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235166)

I bet it was all triggerd by our poll [slashdot.org]

Oblig .... (0)

hawkeye_82 (845771) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235172)

All your Moon Base are belong to us.

Solar Radiation? (3, Interesting)

dubiousx99 (857639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235175)

Wouldn't solar radiation be a hazard from the constant light?

Re:Solar Radiation? (1)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235221)

Wear lots of sunblock. SPF 666 or greater.

Interesting.. (3, Interesting)

technomancer68 (865695) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235180)

This is going to be interesting to see how the man [lunarembassy.com] that "laid claim" to the moon is going to handle people that he's sold property to. I wonder how he will respond to the government building a base on "his" territory.. Hmmm wonder if this will turn into a court battle?

Re:Interesting.. (1, Funny)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235340)

Eminent domain.

Besides, we all know that the moon and us getting there was a hollywood trick done in some studio. We have never been to the moon, in fact it is not real...well that is what the gov't will tell those people with that certificate anyhow.

Permanently? (0, Redundant)

Lord Bilbo (765419) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235182)

What makes the location so important is that it is permanently lit, with a balmy -58 Fahrenheit (-50 C).

Permantently? Have you ever heard of an eclipse? They may not be THAT common, but I would think that the temperature would take a bit of a dip without sunlight, or an atmosphere!

Re:Permanently? (2, Informative)

brontus3927 (865730) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235275)

An eclipse lasts a few minutes. It would take at least that long for the heat trapped in the rocks to be released into space. Eclipses would be an inconvience (necessitating battery storage and running the base at minumum power)

Re:Permanently? (1)

static0verdrive (776495) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235307)

I thought it would be a HELL of a lot colder than -50, more like -150, so that's cool. Anyone want to ski the moon?

Re:Permanently? (1)

Blitzenn (554788) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235464)

There do seem to be a few lapses in the 'facts' here don't there. I want to know how time will be measured there. Will they use whatever earth time zone the moon is currently over or make up a whole new system? For complexities sake, I am sure they will make up a new one. Didn't Bush already state that the moon observed Texas time (;-)? Perhaps during the eclipse(s) they will observe Moon daylight savings time, lol?

Up Nort' (1, Interesting)

NETHED (258016) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235191)

Hey, I lived in Wisconsin, and up nort', it did get this cold in the winter, and people were fine. Just that little problem of lack of atmosphere. Eh, the flannel shirt's will do.

Re:Up Nort' (5, Interesting)

Hoplite3 (671379) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235409)

The lack of atmosphere really changes the way heat flows. Our intuition about hot and cold is shaped by convection, where heat is transfered to gas molecules that bump against us and are then swept away. With no atmosphere, heat transfer slows down. The only heat loss on the moon would occur by conduction into the surface of the moon.

How "cold" is the moon in human terms? I don't have any idea. I'd imagine sunlight would be more important for constant solar power (well, barring eclipses).

Re:Up Nort' (1)

aztektum (170569) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235450)

I too grew up in Wisconsin, but in the south central area (re: Madison.) It gets cold there, but not cold enough to effect the speech control portion of our brains.

ice station zebra (3, Insightful)

MrLint (519792) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235193)

Up at camp in the mountains in Feb. couple of years ago it was -40 in the daytime. Which is almost bearable if the wind isnt blowing... so as long as the wind isnt blowing on the moon... hmmmm well then there ya go:) no wind blowing on the moon

Here come the developers (0, Redundant)

14erCleaner (745600) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235204)

I hope they've already gotten the deed to the property, otherwise somebody else [moonshop.com] might get there first and snap up all the good land.

Penguins are awesome. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235211)

-50 isn't so bad. Almost tolerable. To penguins or something. Maybe we could make a penguin farm on the moon.

Re:Penguins are awesome. (1)

NinjaFarmer (833539) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235434)

Thats why they will be using linux

Re:Penguins are awesome. (2, Funny)

Creepy (93888) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235436)

send Minnesotans - when I was a kid, I had a neighbor that sat outside on a lawn chair every morning reading the morning paper, even in 30 below weather (I can only presume his wife kept his pad too hot for him, but you never know). If you're thinking he was bundled up, you'd be wrong - he sat out there in boxers and an undershirt.

Build him a little habitrail and biodome and he'd be set.

Hey, isn't that the same loc as the Googlunaplex? (1)

msbmsb (871828) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235212)

Copernicus Research Center [google.com]

I think that's the same place as seen in the images [google.com] , if I'm not mistaking my lunar craters.

-msb

a total utopia (1)

LegendOfLink (574790) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235224)

...that it is permanently lit, with a balmy -58 Fahrenheit (-50 C)."

Wow, you think they'll have cruise ships there? I'm checking Orbitz now...

Great... (-1, Troll)

ilsa (197564) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235225)

Now we can mess up a whole new environment. At least we don't have native species to deal with.

Re:Great... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235339)

EH? What fscking environment? There's nothing there but fine dust!

Moon Bases in Lava Tubes. (4, Interesting)

Greg Wright (104533) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235235)

One proposal for a moon base I found interesting was using lava
tubes as pre-built bases. It provided radiation as well as
meteorite protection. They actually did a bunch of research in
lave caves in Oregon some time ago.

http://www.oregonl5.org/lbrt/l5ombrr1.html

Lava monsters? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235321)

What about the lava monsters?

You know, the monsters that inhabit the lava caves? How do you deal with them?

Re:Lava monsters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235416)

The parent has a point. I mean, I have absolutely no clue what he's talking about, but before we plan Mars colonization around the concept of lava caves, we should be darned sure that there aren't any lava monsters lurking around.

We should nuke the caves from the orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Re:Moon Bases in Lava Tubes. (2, Insightful)

El (94934) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235419)

Huh? Are you sure your not talking about lava tubes on Mars? I don't know of any volcanic activity on our moon...

Why bother? (2, Interesting)

chris09876 (643289) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235237)

What's the purpose of a moon base? Bush said he wants to use it as a stepping stone for Mars... but are there really any savings gained? Earth is where the ship manufacturing takes place... and (at the moment) is the source of fuel. Any materials obtained here would still need to be sent to the moon, and then to Mars.

Does it have something to do with the moon's lower gravity making it easier to blast off a ship?

Re:Why bother? (1)

sellin'papes (875203) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235299)

I agree. I don't see this as a stepping stone at all.

I read in Discover magazine several years ago that there were not technological restrictions to a trip to mars and that the only restrictions are the effects such a long journey would have on the human mind.

Re:Why bother? (4, Insightful)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235302)

Build it in parts here, assemble on the moon. Easier to launch a bigger ship from there.

Re:Why bother? (1)

argent (18001) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235311)

I imagine the idea is that they would get experience with a near-vacuum environment while being close enough to get back if everything goes pear-shaped.

Equatorial is a better spot for delta-vee reasons, but the two week lunar night is a problem.

Re:Why bother? (3, Informative)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235323)

Current space ships use up most of their fuel leaving Earth's atmosphere. If a manned trip to Mars was to happen, they would have to refuel unless they wanted to take 3 or 4 years to get there (and the water/food needed for that trip would make a launch straight from Earth basically impossible).

What about Earth-moonbase LOS? (4, Interesting)

amstrad (60839) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235239)

Wouldn't putting a moonbase so close to the Moon's limb will cause line of sight communication problems during parts of the month due to lunar libration [nasa.gov] ?

Possible solutions:
1) very tall antenna
2) relay satellite

Obligatory Google (2, Funny)

CyberSlugGump (609485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235324)


Google lunar job [google.com]

Re:What about Earth-moonbase LOS? (1)

pv2b (231846) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235386)

3) Radio repeater elsewhere on the lunar surface.

George Bush's idea?? (0, Flamebait)

sellin'papes (875203) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235244)

Permanently sunlit areas would provide crucial solar energy for any future Moon settlement, a goal for NASA outlined last year by President George W. Bush

Is NASA taking advice from G. W. Bush? Maybe the plan needs to be re-evaluated.

Somebody is going to be mad... (1)

Svippy (876087) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235251)

They might be building in one of those people's, who brought parts of the moon, area.

:o They are going to sue through the Moon Court.

I wonder... (0)

creimer (824291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235253)

How long will it be before Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Taco Bell establish a strip mall? If the Bush Administration (or lack thereof) isn't selling off the land rights around the base, the Russians probably will be.

Re:I wonder... (1)

Flounder (42112) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235446)

Well, whenever we actually get the base built, I guarantee there will already be three Starbucks, a gas station, 2 24-hr drug stores, a McDonalds, 2 pawn shops, a tattoo parlor, and a cell phone outlet.

Site for Moom base determined... (1, Troll)

selectspec (74651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235260)

and the location will be Lot 7 at Paramount studios where they filmed the moon landings.

Conspiracy nut (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235296)

Fucking moron.

Buzz Aldrin should pay you a visit and do this [csicop.org] !

Conspiracy Nut Exposer (1)

selectspec (74651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235410)

Congratulations Starfleet Cadet on a mission accomplished! Chalk one up for the Federation and report back to your room in your parents house.

watch out for water ice! (5, Funny)

Zapraki (737378) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235267)

in the permanently shadowed depths of craters around the lunar north pole, water ice may lurk...

Wow, I didn't realize that the moon was going to be so dangerous, what with water ice lurking in the inky blackness and all.

Kinda reminds me of playing Xcom2: Terror from the Deep...

Re:watch out for water ice! (3, Funny)

Snarfangel (203258) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235462)

Wow, I didn't realize that the moon was going to be so dangerous, what with water ice lurking in the inky blackness and all.

It is pitch black. You are likely to be drowned by Water.
>light lantern
That does nothing. It appears the lantern's batteries are dead.
>scream for help
In space, no one can hear you scream.

I'm there! (1)

crottsma (859162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235270)

that's in near-constant sunlight yet not far from suspected stores of water Wow, it's those types of incentives that often make me consider moving to the African desert!

Google's moonbase? (1)

scovetta (632629) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235288)

According to Google [google.com] , they're still hiring for Copernicus on the moon. Only about two years till that lab opens-- will the two be near each other?

Took 11 years ... (2, Insightful)

shashark (836922) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235289)

The analysis, to be published in the April 14 issue of the journal Nature, is based on 53 images from the spacecraft Clementine, which orbited the Moon for 71 days in 1994.

11 years for the data to be analyzed.

In another equally insightful phrase...

"That fits in neatly with the White House vision [space.com] of using the Moon as a stepping stone to Mars."

No wonder.

Eh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235315)

this one time, at moon camp...

Perfect contest (3, Interesting)

shanmuha (668499) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235334)

Now that we have 'official' private space launches, I implore all those zillonaires-with-more-money-than -they-know-what-to-do-with, to come up and sponsor a x-prize like prize for the first moonbase!

Hmm (4, Funny)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235338)

It's important to me that my moon base have all 4 seasons.

Will I get that there?

Calamities Abound in Teh dark Future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235341)

AP Newswire

President Bush's Statement on the Moon Situation:

Speaking from the Whitehouse Press Conference room today, President George W. Bush has finally revealed his adminitration's position on the moon. Below is an excerpt from today's statement:

"My fellow Americans. Just yesterday a security report was declassified regarding the whole moon problem we've got here on Earth. In this document there is certain evidence that the moon is a threat to Earth and could be used by the people who hate our freedoms to cause death and destruction. For as long as I can remember back to when I was 30, there have been a whole bunch of movies and TV shows about the moon. Space 1999 from the UK. The First Men in the Moon by some Frenchie. And The Time Machine by the best selling author Judith Krantz.

After watching some of these movies and shows and reading this report, I've suggested that my advisors find a way to protect us from the threat that the little green men that live on the moon will never attack us with WMDs supplied by Saddam's previous dealers. I'm giving the little green men on the moon an ultimatum: 'Accept our occupation of the moon or be occupied'. You have one week to comply. We know that you've been planning an attack and communicating with Osama Bin Laden. In fact some of our reports have sited Osama on the moon. In which case you are harboring a dangerous fugitive.

We know that you may get desperate and plan to nuke the moon so that pieces will rain down on Earth like in the Judith Krantz movie. I assure you, that if you go that far, we'll smoke you out and detain you. The freedom and properity that makes up American conservative values will not be stopped by a bunch of little green men who smell like cheese. Let's motor".

Atmosphere... (1)

Robotron23 (832528) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235372)

While many would criticise the Moon for its lack of atmosphere, its more of a blessing than a curse...

Contrary to popular belief a moon base would likely be a research facility, rather than a residential complex. Simply because catering for a large population would cost huge amounts of money.

Since its a research facility, the lack of atmosphere would make it relatively easy to ferry supplies/reach space. Oxygen could be stored in ample amounts and released from refillable cylinders slowly.

When Bush announced an increase in funding for Nasa in 2004, he intended to use the Moon as a place to continue space launchs presumbly to Mars.

What's the meaning of -50C? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12235376)

Here on earth, when we say that the temperature is so many degrees, we are talking about the air temperature. Since there is no atmosphere on the moon, how are those temperature readings to be interpreted?

Owen (2, Funny)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235415)

Well, he'd better have those units in the Northern Rim repaired by midday, or there'll be hell to pay.

Final Fantasy (1)

Stibidor (874526) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235421)

Maybe they will find the Lunarians from Final Fantasy II. Meteo!!

Methings we best hurry back to the moon (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12235430)

Unless we actually announced a second rate spot on purpose to fool others [astronautix.com]
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