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Old 07-27-2005, 05:01 PM   #11
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a station on the moon is impracticle at this point. The time to get there, and therefore the cost involved, would make every mission opressively expensive. Having an orbiting station makes it something we can get a shuttle to every year or so, as well as other countries to get shuttles up to as well. (well not "Shuttles" but you know what i mean). THis way we can run regular experiments, bring up fresh supplies and fresh crew etc. With the current shuttle's speeds, it would take... a couple days to get to the moon. Then there's the landing and taking off from the moon. Each time you have to land or take off you add serious risk to the mission, as we've seen with a couple orbit missions

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Or we could take this approach...

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The moon is a delicate object.


Despite what people fantasize about doing, We can NOT mine the moon, or built large structures on it.


Because it is the moons precise mass and weight that keeps earths orbit in check.



It would be far to risky to do anything worth while with the moon, Without risking damage to the ecological cycle of earth.



Now, small stations or what not probably won't hurt...but it takes so much time to get to the moon, not only that...but the moon is not protected from radiation.


For the most part, IIRC, the ISS and Shuttle orbit low enough for them to be protected from the vast majorty of radiation in space by the earths magnetosphere.
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i believe we can send rovers and small unmanned aircraft now that can do the job of collection and such just as good as men can. and it costs way less. Remember, we did land a few different craft on Mars recently. I just think we've moved on.
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It would be cool to go back to the moon. (I remember the first time).
Imagine, NASA would capture the imagination of a whole new generation and that would give a big boost of public support to NASA. Despite of all the important research done on the shuttles, I think the public is a little bored of them.
I'm surprised no one in the private sector has tried.
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i'd agree^^^another trip to the moon would be sweet. Especially considering all the new technology we have since the last visit. We could use some sweet high def. digital camera's and video recorders to get all the sweet action. And yeah, it would motivate a new generation of children to see space exploration and the study of space in a new light.
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Take a look here:
http://moon.google.com/

It's a great satelite image of a small section of the moon. (similar to how maps.google.com works) and it even has a few fo the landing sites pre-marked. Really neat stuff. You can even zoon all the way in and check out the markings left behind.
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They left some really cool markings when they landed.
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Actually, I read something that said almost exactly that back when conspiracy websites were a hobby of mine. 8O
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They left some really cool markings when they landed.
I had heard rumors about the footprints spelling things out. It was good to see some photo proof.
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