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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    Moon potential goldmine of natural resources

    Also applies to asteroids and other moons.
    I'd rather we kept the moon free from exploitation for it's resources, as I don't want anything bad to happen to it, since I enjoy having tides.

    If we're going to mine anything, let's mine asteroids.

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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Well, actually, there are scientific advantages to having a base on the moon.

    Low gravity environment.

    Minimal atmosphere.

    And probably some other reasons we don't know about and won't until or unless we DO put a base on the moon.
    Actually, there's no atmosphere on the moon. That would be an advantage for pointing a telescope at objects in space. If we had a great telescope on the moon, we could see some things that we can't with the Hubble or with telescopes on earth.

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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Actually, there's no atmosphere on the moon. That would be an advantage for pointing a telescope at objects in space. If we had a great telescope on the moon, we could see some things that we can't with the Hubble or with telescopes on earth.
    The HUbble is in space, so it's already free of the distortions. As for the other effects, they can easily be accounted for and corrected. While for any realistic study of science, astronomy would be the best for things such as space stations and moon stations, it's not like we can't correct for aberrations. We can already detect large planets which orbit suns from data collected on earth. And visible light is not the only frequency we can measure, and the different wavelengths will have different dispersions through the atmosphere; leading to less aberration in some frequencies.
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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    The Space Review: Moonbase why

    It isn't incorrect...

    Unless you're talking about purported technological advancements that are still science fiction.

    They're certainly not going to land there and go "Lets look for some advantage to what we just did."
    That link just proves that there ARE scientific advantages to a moon base.

    I never said those scientific advantages were enough to justify a moon base, but only that they existed.
    Like the "telescopes would require less adjustment for atmosphere on the moon" bit. Not enough of a reason to go there, as I understand it, but it is nonetheless a scientific advantage - for astronomers.

    The primary reason that I would support a lunar base would be (and this is probably a much larger in scale idea than NASA has) for the purpose of building and launching robotic probes, which would be much less expensive - in terms of propulsive needs due to the lower gravity there.

    Obviously, that would require manufacturing methods we haven't yet developed, but...

    If and when methods of manufacturing that can be used to build probes in space are developed, it would seem reasonable to do it on the moon, as its both relatively near the earth, a nice big platform for putting stuff on, and has low gravity that allows for easier launch of such.

    Of course, some persons would say we should go there now, so we can develop those methods in the environment they will be used in

    Others would say the ISS can be used for that.

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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    It would be a base where humans live and study astronomy long-term. Obviously, it would be expensive, but we would gain a lot of knowledge about the universe that we can't get here on earth.
    If there's no commercial industry and no military value, it's a waste of taxpayer dollars.

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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    If there's no commercial industry and no military value, it's a waste of taxpayer dollars.
    The commercial value and military value isn't necessarily in the moonbase itself but rather the technologies that are developed because of the moonbase.

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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    If there's no commercial industry and no military value, it's a waste of taxpayer dollars.
    It may be the perfect spot to continuously watch the earth and attempt to pull the "Global Warming" myth out of the **** can. I can see eco-terrorist and scientific whackadoodle types supporting such a moon base.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    The money spend on the Iraq war could have created a huge scientific base on the moon, and mars, and created several space stations, and created many new space telescopes, a new shuttle program and other things..
    Just imagine what could have been done with the 12 trillion dollars totally wasted on social programs, then. Why, we could have colonies on Saturn's Rings, one on the top side, one on the bottom.

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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    It may be the perfect spot to continuously watch the earth and attempt to pull the "Global Warming" myth out of the **** can. I can see eco-terrorist and scientific whackadoodle types supporting such a moon base.
    No, geosynchronous satellites are more than sufficient to serve that purpose.

    The wealth of the moon is in it's rocks, not in it's scenery.

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    Re: Should we establish a scientific base on the moon?

    Yeah but satellites are blah... a moon base has "cool" factor and the liberals could really rely on nationalistic pride to push the budget through.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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