Source: Space Politics
quote: I say strip-mine the Moon ... but just the far side so we don't ruin the view.
quote: The problem is the amount of delta V it takes to land on the moon then launch again means that you don't actually gain that much even if you refuel there.
quote: I think it would be a great place to develop technologies
quote: At best, Earth-developed tech could then be tested and/or deployed on the Moon.
quote: Moon colonies will have some major problems to tackle. First, no easy abort in case of a catastrophe.
quote: Second, what is certainly going to be a constant war with lunar dust -- which is extremely abrasive and toxic, and will be a constant source of equipment failure, heavy maintenance, and health problems.
quote: Third, dealing with micrometeorites and radiation: one can burrow down and create subterranean (subloonean?) habitats to address this, but any surface activities or installations are still extremely fraught.
quote: That last one, by the way, we can tackle without ever going to the Moon or any other place....: better space suits
quote: I'm sorry but the preconceived attitude of it can't be done should not enter the equation.
quote: If the moon is such a bad idea, then why is an asteroid, or Mars any better?
quote: We've been launching people into space for a while now.
quote: Private companies will soon be offering rides
quote: companies are looking at privatizing the moon and asteroids for mining purposes
quote: Yeah it will be expensive, but the benefits outweigh the risks.
quote: We throw trillions away on lots of other stuff.
quote: Id rather they throw it at the moon.
quote: The fact that private companies are doing it at all is pretty awesome.
quote: As far as the lunar/asteroid mining goes, you may think its a Ponzi, but it has enough weight that pop-sci has addressed it in a few articles.
quote: You seem to be focused on just the launch.
quote: What about SpaceX? They've broken into the monopoly the ULA had on USAF contracts because they are cheaper.
quote: They are attemping to address the reusability aspect.
quote: I'd argue that private industry and competition will drive down prices, and lead to the innovation you desire because they have to answer to their investors.
quote: The government has no inkling of give a fuq about the amount of money they throw at the monopolies they are in bed with.
quote: Have Dyson make a lunar vacuum cleaner
quote: I'm sorry but the preconceived attitude of it can't be done should not enter the equation. Stop looking for reasons why it shouldn't be done. All you say is no, no, no. If the moon is such a bad idea, then why is an asteroid, or Mars any better?