posted on Feb, 25 2018 @ 11:44 AM
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: ni91ck
No, that is not the only problem.
There is also the problem of accelerating the station from 17,000 mph to 25,000 mph in order to leave Earth orbit, while keeping it in one piece.
Oh, also slowing it down once it gets to the Moon.
It's probably theoretically
possible to add thrusters that accelerate it at a slow enough rate to not cause structural damage, and then
decelerate in at a slow enough rate to slow down enough at the moon to then land it -- and then gently land it, which would take more powerful
Of course, the trip to the moon would take a very long time under that gentle thrust, and probably take an engine that really does not yet exist (some
sort of ion engine or other type of plasma/electric propulsion engine, but better than the ion/electric/plasma thrusters we currently have).
And then the landing thrusters would need to probably be chemical rockets to be able to create a slow enough descent to the surface against the
gravity of the Moon (which while only 1/6 Earth, it's still significant enough that the ISS would crash at high speed if just dropped from orbit, even
if its initial velocity before being dropped was zero).
...and Chemical rocket thrusters capable of doing that would need to burn for a long time and take a lot of fuel -- much more fuel than what would be
needed for all of this to be considered to be a reasonable endeavor.
And then even if the landing could be pulled off, once on the surface there would be the problem of providing power to the ISS. Electrical power to
the ISS is currently provided by solar panels that charge batteries. Most parts of the Moon experiences 14 straight Earth days of darkness, and I
doubt the batteries on the ISS are designed to store enough power for 14 continuous days of darkness (i.e., without the possibility of being
recharged). And then I wonder if the structural connections between the modules are strong enough to withstand the gravity of the Moon.
But the bottom line is
that even if all of that (and many other issues I didn't mention) could be done, it would all make for a pretty crappy
It would probably be much much easier to just launch new modules that were designed specifically for the purpose of being a Moon base.
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