"imagine, a Moon Station"...

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by R1D2, May 10, 2015.

  1. R1D2 many leagues under the sea. Valued Senior Member

    Okay, as the title says, Imagine a moon station.

    How hard would it be to get one started up?
    Thinking like Antarctica research sectors. Mainly neutral, countries working together. Doing research, manning telescopes, running gardens. Being slightly self sufficient. Whats the actual gravity like?
    How long could one get started? Who would be good candidate types? Like to see a unheated type discussion, post any thoughts or opinions on this.
    An would a iss station be cheaper than a moon research "colony?" What way could this work out?
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  3. youreyes amorphous ocean Valued Senior Member

    gravity is 1/6

    good candidates are people w/ psychological backgrounds of those who did good in Mars-500 experiment

    35 billion dollars initial cost, 7.35 billion/year maintenance costs

    ISS would be cheaper, but moon research station would be more beneficial in long term (for in-site resource tech.)

    ref: http://csis.org/publication/costs-international-lunar-base

    current plans for Lunar Base?

    Russians: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Lin-Industries-moon-base-rare-earth-elements/2014/12/31/id/615873/
    Last edited: May 10, 2015
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  5. paddoboy Valued Senior Member


    European Space Agency Director Wants to Set Up a Moon Baseby Staff WritersBoulder CO (SPX) May 08, 2015

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    The successor to the International Space Station (ISS) should be a permanent moon base, says incoming European Agency Space leader Johann-Dietrich Worner.

    The Space Foundation's National Space Symposium, held in Colorado, is a gathering for global civil, military, and "new space" leaders to discuss and plan the future of space. One of those plans, according to the next European Agency Space director general, should be establishing a moon colony as the next-step outpost beyond the International Space Station (ISS).

    "It seems to be appropriate to propose a permanent moon station as the successor of ISS," Worner said. Following a similar model to the ISS, he added that "different actors can contribute with their respective competencies and interests," to the lunar base.
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