If mankind were to build a large space station on the moon, what would be the primary concerns?
What technologies do we have that we could apply to such a structure, and what new technologies would be needed to build it and keep it safe for human habitation. Describe how you see a large moon station, and what benefits you think building a permanent base on the moon could offer mankind.
I wrote a hub on this, not so much about the benefits to mankind, but just the logistical concerns of where and how to build a station on the Moon.
http://williamhaloupek.hubpages.com/hub … n-the-Moon
The number one problem is water, everything is easy and within our technological grasp.
But the bigger issue is why bother? What is to be gained from building a base on the moon? No resources there to exploit. No benefits that I can see to justify the expense.
I think the primary concern would be the budget needed to operate that space station. As far as I'm aware the technology we have today are quite enough for us to be able to build such space station, the problem is we don't have enough budget to build it.
As for the benefits, I don't think a large space station on the moon can do much good for humankind. A small moon base however, could boost astronomical knowledge.
Just my 2cent.
Companies like members of NASA's Commercial Crew like Planetary Resources (operated by Google executives, James Cameron, Sir Richard Branson, and others) have been planning for a few years to build such a lunar station as a launch site for asteroid mining spacecraft to the far side of Mars in the near future, and for water extraction from those asteroids as well as extraction of iron and water from asteroids between the moon and Mars.
Modules for habitats and the station are now in development - there is even a contest for this going on. They also have already successfully been building and placing many telescopes into space for us all to use via computer very soon.
As for other resources, He3 or Helium-3 is available on the moon and is also to be extracted. Coincidentally, Homer Hickam (former NASA engineer) also wrote about this in a novel "Return to the Moon."
NASA leaders and the medical community largely agree that human health is the number one concern on such a space station, according to my studies in Preventive Medicine. This is why Astronaut Scott Kelly and a cosmonaut have begun spending a year at the ISS to examine body system deterioration and related matters. Russians have already spent a year and longer in space, but we do not have that data. In a year, we can compare Scott's health status to his brother astronaut Mark Kelly's status on the ground.
Initiating gravity on the space station may be the answer to end the deterioration. We'll know within 5 years or so, when the 2013 NASA Astronaut Class may be ready to go to Mars.
The first one would be to see whether they can radio earth and vice versa.
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