The Nobel Intent article ‘What if we made a moonbase and no one turned up?’ brings up some compelling thoughts. These include: Is the lack of budget increases from NASA going to affect the objectives of the program? Will building the moonbase divert funds from getting to Mars? Can we research the Mars voyage in low-earth orbit as opposed to on the moon?… Read the rest
There has been a lot in the news about NASA’s proposed Mooncamp. Here are some links:
“NASA may be going to the same old moon with a ship that looks a lot like a 1960s Apollo capsule, but the space agency said Monday that it’s going to do something dramatically different this time: Stay there.” Forbes
“US space agency NASA has said it plans to start work on a permanently-occupied base on the Moon after astronauts begin flying back there in 2020. The base is likely to be built on one of the Moon’s poles and will serve as a science center and possible stepping stone for manned missions to Mars.” BBC
The most powerful radiotelescope yet devised is to be built on the Moon, under plans being put together by Nasa for its 2018 lunar mission.Mike Griffin, the head of the US space agency, said the construction of a telescope is being “factored into” the mission.
It is intended to push forward the exploration of space and, eventually, help to identify how mankind can reach other planets in and outside the solar system.