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originally posted by: spy66
Would a modual that is covered With cardboard boxes, tinfoil and held together With tape withstand the force of the landing...There is atmosphere on the moon. So there would be forces working on the exterior.
The moon is not a absolute vacuum. The rocket engine on that thing would for sure loosen some of the paper that seams like it is held together With tape. The glue on the tape wouldnt hold in temprature Close to -270.4°C. The glue would freeze and fall of.
The core temprature of the tape or the cardboard plates dont have -270.4 C temptrature. These would freeze/gain weight. I dont think the tape would hold.
originally posted by: roadgravel
a reply to: TerryDon79
So am I hearing that NASA got a couple of refrigerators boxes and taped them together to make the lander?
I think it was a bit more advanced then that design, but I could be wrong.
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: OneBigMonkeyToo
"I'm not sure the rewards for any kind of mining would ever repay the cost of mining it - we'd just be spending a lot of one form of energy to get another."
The Helium 3 and Titanium do not necessarily need to be returned to Earth but could be used for construction/energy purposes on the Moon or to build/power space craft right on site. Also building a Mass driver/electromagnetic catapult could indeed make launching both space craft and returning minerals to Earth both viable and cost effective, long term.