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Using the moon's soil to support life, energy generation and construction


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Using the moon's soil to support life, energy generation and construction

Waterloo researchers figure out how to process raw materials on the moon to power lunar development and one day make it a viable home for humans

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Imagine the moon as a hub of manufacturing, construction and even human life. It's no longer a far-fetched idea baked in science fiction lore — increased interest and investment in space exploration are pushing efforts to develop the technologies needed to make the moon a viable home for humans.

Developing lunar infrastructure requires building materials, and shuttling these over from Earth would be costly and inefficient. This has fuelled research into the in-situ processing and use of raw materials naturally found on the moon's surface. However, one major challenge with this approach will be the immense amount of power the lunar resource processing will need.

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I have read the article and it seems to me that it is a pipe dream. Thermal energy from a thermal reaction? Okay, possible. But wouldn't solar cells or a nuclear reactor be more sensible sources of energy?

 

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 recycling defunct satellite material into a fuel source for space development.

🤣 My belly hurts!

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6 hours ago, Ell said:

🤣 My belly hurts!

I'm sure the scientists and engineers who have spent years at university studying their specialist subjects, who have years of experience and who have expertly analysed the available data will all now reconsider their conclusions because some random person on the internet who can't even get the name of the thermite reaction right and doesn't seem to understand the concept of a lunar night thinks they know better...

or maybe not.

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1 minute ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

I'm sure the scientists and engineers who have spent years at university studying their specialist subjects, who have years of experience and who have expertly analysed the available data will all now reconsider their conclusions because some random person on the internet who can't even get the name of the thermite reaction right and doesn't seem to understand the concept of a lunar night thinks they know better...

or maybe not.

Thermite reaction. It was a Freudian slip. (Ask your psychiatrist for hormone treatment, you appear to dwell in the deepest pit of a clinical depression.)

 

Recycling satellites to obtain energy is simply idiocy.

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So a kind of thermite furnace? Recycling dead satellites while also generating power and heat. 

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15 hours ago, Ell said:

I have read the article and it seems to me that it is a pipe dream. Thermal energy from a thermal reaction? Okay, possible. But wouldn't solar cells or a nuclear reactor be more sensible sources of energy?

 

🤣 My belly hurts!

With nearly all lunar locations in the dark for half of each month, how would large scale solar collectors be worth the effort?

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22 hours ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

Using the moon's soil to support life, energy generation and construction

Waterloo researchers figure out how to process raw materials on the moon to power lunar development and one day make it a viable home for humans

 

Greetings,

I was wondering if I might ask you a related question. I would never even pretend to be an expert of anything.

 

Yes, there is a very definite lunar night, light-wise. I have been wondering though about non-light space radiation.

It has been said for a while that the space radiation is enough to be an eventual danger to human space travelers. But is it enough radiation that it could be passively harvested for power generation?

 

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3 hours ago, mw.decavia said:

With nearly all lunar locations in the dark for half of each month, how would large scale solar collectors be worth the effort?

Store a surplus in batteries for the long night.

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16 hours ago, mw.decavia said:

Greetings,

I was wondering if I might ask you a related question. I would never even pretend to be an expert of anything.

 

Yes, there is a very definite lunar night, light-wise. I have been wondering though about non-light space radiation.

It has been said for a while that the space radiation is enough to be an eventual danger to human space travelers. But is it enough radiation that it could be passively harvested for power generation?

 

Was my question unworthy of an expert's answer

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