Sunday, September 23, 2007

NASA Moon Base Plans Get Interesting

A single-module space station may be shot to the Moon on an “unmanned cargo ship” someday according to NASA plans, reports the NY Times. The base would be run on solar power.

Earlier plans suggested a multi-module station brought to the moon in pieces by manned missions. NASA is planning to return man to the Moon around 2020.

Included in the new plans are lunar rovers with pressurized cabins, which means you don’t need to wear a spacesuit while driving AND you can listen to tunes. These new vehicles would be “much larger” than rovers from the Apollo missions, and cost “more than a Ferrari,” said one scientists.

Scientists are also discussing the possibility of a mobile Moon base. Good idea in case of alien attacks. Devotees of Starcraft know the unique advantage of a
mobile command center.

In other Moon news, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin suggested the Chinese will beat us back to the moon. “I personally believe that China will be back on the Moon before we are,” said Griffin. “I think when that happens, Americans will not like it, but they will just have to not like it.”

Then again, the Chinese have
abandoned exploration after a healthy start in eras past.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.