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Is it time to return to the Moon?

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 04:57 PM

Is it time to return to the Moon?


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Humans havenít set foot on the Moon -- or any other world outside of our own, for that matter -- since Cernan and Schmitt departed the lunar surface on December 14, 1972. That will make 40 years on that date this coming December. And despite dreams of moon bases and lunar colonies, there hasnít even been a controlled landing there since the Soviet Luna 24 sample return mission in 1976 (not including impacted probes.) So in light of the challenges and costs of such an endeavor, is there any real value in a return to the Moon?

Some scientists are saying yes.

Researchers from the UK, Germany and The Netherlands have submitted a paper to the journal Planetary and Space Science outlining the scientific importance of future lunar surface missions. Led by Ian A. Crawford from Londonís Birkbeck College, the paper especially focuses on the value of the Moon in the study of our own planet and its formation, the development of the Earth-Moon system as well as other rocky worlds and even its potential contribution in life science and medicinal research.

Even though some research on the lunar surface may be able to be performed by robotic missions, Crawford et al. ultimately believe that ďaddressing them satisfactorily will require an end to the 40-year hiatus of lunar surface exploration.Ē

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:01 PM

My own opinion... way past time...


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:20 PM

I really don't see the point in going back to the moon.

Now Mars on the other hand... :)

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:22 PM

Maybe humans could build a prison on the moon.


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:33 PM

If we're ever going to figure out how to live off of the earth there is no better place to figure out how than the moon.

Rlyeh, how much money do you think it would cost to send a prisoner to the moon?


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:00 PM

Yeah, I think a moon base is a natural extension to space colonization.
Wish I were young enough to witness, or perhaps even participate in, some of the exciting space ventures of the future.

As far as some Moon based "penal" colony goes, that would be very expensive as said In the previous post.
One could, however, put prisons on Antartica or deep underneath the middle of our ocean's, but that's a whole other topic of course.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:39 PM

View PostOverSword, on 15 June 2012 - 05:33 PM, said:

Rlyeh, how much money do you think it would cost to send a prisoner to the moon?
Well more if they are expected to survive the trip. A dump, or mass grave would have been a better term.


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:53 PM

This topic has nothing to do with penal systems. Please stay on topic. Thank you.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:27 AM

I've never understood why the space exploration isn't as important as it should be anymore. We keep hearing of things like Global warming, solar flares, meteors, other natural disasters that could wipe out the human race in the blink of an eye nd population growth which is a big concern. Surely we owe it to the human race as a whole to work out how to populate the stars. Shift loads of people and give the poor earth a bit of a break as well form being crammed with humans.

Of course this won't happen because of the greed int he world and the fact the goverments aren't evolved enough yet to realise world peace is the key to the human races survival and advancement.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 12:00 PM

I think there are loads of scientific reasons why more research is necessary with our moon.  However whether it should be manned missions or just robotic is another matter.  The shear cost of manned flight is probably unobtainable in the present economic climate.  I personally think that most of the experiments could be carried out robotically at a fraction of the cost.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 12:38 PM

I just hope that, when we do go back to the moon, we don't mine it's resources to the point of altering it's tidal influence here on Earth.
Even still, I am all for going back to the moon, setting up a base, and learning from that exposure for further manned expeditions elsewhere.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 02:29 PM

I think that it would be awesome if we wnt back to the moon,... but, I was kinda hoping for Mars.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:54 PM

To costly to tax payers and a waste of our money.  Man can't even solve the problems in this world, here on earth...and, we want to reach for the moon.
Man has managed to destroy our own natural resources here on our planet...so why should they go to the moon to continue this destruction. This research is all done at the expense of the people and will probably benefit those few elite who hold power over the rest. Just my take on it.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:32 PM

Haven't you been listening to Richard hoagland? We've been there living in glass structures (totally safe on a lunar surface right) and playing with stargates and jumpgates since the sixties. Hoagland is a very reputable man who used to work for NASA.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:39 PM

I try very hard not to listen to Richard Hoagland. I have an allergy to male bovine waste products.

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