The Moon: Resources, Future Development, and Colonization

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This unique, visionary and innovative book describes how the Moon could be colonised and developed as a platform for science, industrialization and exploration of our Solar System and beyond.
Thirty years ago, the world waited with baited breath to watch history in the making, as man finally stepped onto the moon's surface. In the last few years, there has been growing interest in the idea of a return to the moon. This book describes the ...
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Overview

This unique, visionary and innovative book describes how the Moon could be colonised and developed as a platform for science, industrialization and exploration of our Solar System and beyond.
Thirty years ago, the world waited with baited breath to watch history in the making, as man finally stepped onto the moon's surface. In the last few years, there has been growing interest in the idea of a return to the moon. This book describes the reasons why we should now start lunar development and settlement, and how this goal may be accomplished.
The authors, all of whom are hugely experienced space scientists, consider the rationale and steps necessary for establishing permanent bases on the Moon. Their innovative and scientific-based analysis concludes that the Moon has sufficient resources for large-scale human development. Their case for development includes arguments for a solar-powered electric grid and railroad, creation of a utilities infrastructure, habitable facilities, scientific operations and the involvement of private enterprise with the public sector in the macroproject.
By transferring and adapting existing technologies to the lunar environment, the authors argue that it will be possible to use lunar resources and solar power to build a global lunar infrastructure embracing power, communication, transportation, and manufacturing. This will support the migration of increasing numbers of people from Earth, and realization of the Moon's scientific potential. As an inhabited world, the Moon is an ideal site for scientific laboratories dedicated to geosciences, astronomy and life sciences, and most importantly, it would fulfil a role as a proving ground and launch pad for future Solar System exploration.
The ten chapters in this book go beyond the theoretical and conceptual. With vision and foresight, the authors offer practical means for establishing permanent bases on the Moon. The book will make fascinating and stimulating reading for students in astronautics, space science, life sciences, space engineering and technology as well as professional space scientists, engineers and technologists in space projects.
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"...a comprehensive overview of the peculiar challenges and opportunites presented by the industrial colonisation of the moon...an inspiring read..." --Chemistry & Industry

"As a reference book for forward-looking engineers and architects, 'The Moon' can be recommended... it presents a convincing and detailed account of the reasons for returning to the Moon and the ways in which this may be achieved." --Peter Bond, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association

"Anyone who has an interest in the future development and colonisation of the Moon will find this book an informative and stimulating read." --C. Welch, Space Flight

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Students in astronautics and space science and engineering, as well as science fiction writers looking for new inspiration, will learn much from this appeal for lunar development. The authors begin by describing the rationale and steps necessary for establishing permanent bases on the moon. They then explain how it will be possible to use lunar resources and solar power to build a global lunar power- communication-transportation-manufacturing infrastructure; how this will support the migration of people from earth; and the benefits of an inhabited moon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

David Schrunk received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at lowa State University and his M.D. at the University of lowa. His experience includes periods at NASA's Manned Spaceflight Center, the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics and the University of Missouri. He is founder of the Science of Laws Institute.

Burton Sharpe has 36 years' experience in aerospace-related management, systems engineering and flight operations in both government and private industry. He worked at NASA's Johnson Space Center during the Apollo Moon missions, then on the Viking Mars programme, and trained NASA flight controllers.

Bonnie Cooper received her B.S. in Geology and her Ph.D. in Geosciences, both at the University of Texas. She has worked in the petroleum industry at the University of Texas, and at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Recently she was involved in the analysis of images of the Moon acquired by NASA's Clementine spacecraft.

Madhu Thangavelu conducts the Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is an Alumnus of the International Space University, and has published original concepts of space system architectures. He is Vice Chairman for Education Programs in the Los Angeles Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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Table of Contents

Lunar Origins and Physical Features

Science Opportunities -
Engineering Challenges

Lunar Resources

Lunar Logistics

Mining and Manufacturing

Circumferential Lunar Utilities

Governance of the Moon

The Mission to the South Pole

Colonization of the Moon

Exploration of Space from the Moon

Conclusion

Appendices:

A. The Clementine Mission to the Moon

B. Lunar Regolith Properties

C. Lunar Soil Simulation

D. Examples of In-suti Resource Utilization (ISRU)

E. Proposed Processes for Lunar Oxygen Extraction

F. Facilitating Space Commerce through a Lunar Economic Development Authority

G. Lunar Government: Lawmaking Standards

H. Helium-3

I. NASA and Self-replicating Systems: Implications for Nanotechnology

J. Human Factors

K. Maglev Trains and Mass Drivers

L. Development of the Lunar Economy

M. Lunar Mysteries

N. Milestones of Lunar Development

O. Benefits to Earth of Lunar Development

P. Cislunar Orbital Environment Maintenance

Q. Siting the Millenial Time Capsule

R. Ice on the Moon

S. MALEO: Modular Assembly in Low Earth Orbit

T. Logistics for the Nomad Explorer Assembly Assist Vehicle

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