Why doesn’t the United States have a base on the Moon? Because getting to the Moon was a matter of national security. Setting up a permanent base there? Not so much.
Yesterday, we learned that the FAA is gearing up to start licensing business on the moon. And while this can mean any number of things for the aerospace community at-large, for Dennis M. Hope of Gardnerville, Nevada, it means one thing and one thing alone: Dennis is screwed.
Last December, a company by the name of Golden Spike announced it would launch commercial exploration missions to the Moon beginning in 2020. Today, they're having trouble drumming up public support in the form of a crowdsourced ad campaign.
Back in January 2012, Newt Gingrich promised the American people that, if elected, we would have a permanent moon base "by the end of his second term."
So, you are on the moon and need to build a new structure. As one of the first lucky colonists there, what are you going to use? Lunarcrete of course.
Around 600 million metric tons of water ice were discovered in shadowy craters at the moon's north pole. How much is that, in terms that mean something to you? Possibly enough to sustain a mother-F-ing moon base, that's how much.
One of the many obstacles to establishing a base on the moon is determining how to supply oxygen to lunar residents. But a team of scientists have found a way to extract oxygen from the moon's greatest resource — rocks.