ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Should We Return To The Moon?

Updated on September 25, 2011
July 20, 1969 "One small step for giant leap for mankind"
July 20, 1969 "One small step for giant leap for mankind"

July 20, 1969

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"

There is not a school child that hasn’t heard Neil Armstrong’s words as the first human set foot on the moon. The Apollo missions landed on the moon 6 times from July 20 1969 to December 19, 1972. More than 40 years ago, we made history. There are those that believe it is time to go return to the moon and make history again.

Lunar Manufacturing Facility
Lunar Manufacturing Facility

The first question we must ask ourselves is why should we go back to the moon? According to David Lamb of Discovery Space news “The three most prominent reasons for a lunar return boil down to scientific research, energy and continued exploration of the solar system.” Of course these are not the be all and end all of reasons to go back, but it is good starting point.

What would we do on the moon? A moon base would be a nice first step in moving outward. Logically we would need an off world (off Earth) full-time working facility. A well designed place for humans to live and work. There is some proof that water may still exist on the moon deep beneath its surface. Water would not only for used for life support but it can also be used to develop a more efficient propellant for vehicles. Some of the minerals that could be mined on the moon would include nuclear material to power the facilities. Not to mention the other valuable raw materials that could be mined. Another consideration would be what the low moon gravity would do for the medical field research and the development of new materials.

Lunar Exploration
Lunar Exploration
1960's Starfleet Communicator
1960's Starfleet Communicator
Present Day - Blackberry.
Present Day - Blackberry.

Of course it would be unwise to minimize the challenges this would face such a program. There are many dangers in living and maintaining life such a low gravity environment. In the case of humans in low or no gravity environments, there have been studies that show the effects on humans such as brittle bones and muscular atrophy. Difficult problems, but at the same time, the human race by its very nature is curious and always exploring and pushing back boundaries. Space is just another boundary. We are an adaptive race and capable of finding ways to offset these issues.

So how do we do it? Look around you at the technology we now have at our finger tips. How far have we come from the time of the Apollo missions to now? Granted the technology we have now didn’t exist then. The closest thing we had to a cell phone was the fictional communicator from the television show Star Trek. Now the majority of us have cell phones and laptop computers. We pass digital information at high speed across the planet in seconds. We have become children of the digital age. There are some who say that the new devices have more processing power than all the computers that ran the Apollo mission combined. This is not to say that we could throw down a laptop and pop into a tin can and set up house keeping in Mare Tranquillitatis. We still need to plan and work to make the trip worthwhile not to mention the potential profits that could come out of it.

First the moon and then to Mars
First the moon and then to Mars
"We Came In Peace for All Mankind"
"We Came In Peace for All Mankind"

Once we have established ourselves with a solid presence on the moon, then our next step could be the red planet Mars. Miles of greenhouses are waiting to be built on the Martian surface. We will have the technology. We will build better stronger, faster spacecraft or my name is Steve Austin.

So in conclusion, where does that leave us? There is a plaque on the moon that says “We Came In Peace for all mankind”. That is the Legacy we inherited from the Apollo missions. Let us hope the legacy we leave behind in for future generations isn't the message “We stayed home out of fear”. It is time for us to step forward and take over for governments who now focus on other things.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Kol Drake 

      6 years ago

      I grew up with the space program and still have a copy of the Boston Globe with the headline and pictures of the moon landing stories. Of course, I was also inspired by science fiction and old 60s monster movies and Star Trek and Lost in Space and 2001: A Space Odessy. My dad was in construction -- and we had a deal; he would manage the project from the ground and I'd be working in space --- to build that 2001 space station/wheel and later, a base on the moon. You know.. the ones we were thought to have done by the 90s and the active Mars base before 2000. Boy, I miss the age of 'big goals' and 'seeking new frontiers'.

    • Gemsong profile imageAUTHOR

      Madalain Ackley 

      7 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      shemiahl-Thanks for reading.

    • shemiahl profile image


      7 years ago from Arkansas

      Very Interesting!!

    • Gemsong profile imageAUTHOR

      Madalain Ackley 

      7 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I don't remember what inspired me to do a speech on this at the time, but as we look at the technology we have now that is so far advanced compared to where we were in the late 60s perhaps it's not so far fetched anymore.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      A very intriguing hub...I personally lost sight of the moon as a living possibility but now, thanks to you, it is resurfaced for me. Can you imagine a technology advanced way to commute between the earth and the moon?


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)