Originally posted by iunderstand
Does an alien base exist on the moon?
Several recent news articles regarding interest in the moon among nations which had never before expressed an interest make's one wonder...
1. The Chinese are planning a trip to the moon.
2. The Japanese recently launched an orbiter to the moon. Why?
Hasn't the lunar surface been thoroghly mapped ?
3. An probably the most intriging....
The UK is planning to launch a "probe" to "pierce" the lunar surface to study "earthquakes" on the moon for preparation of a lunar
Feel free to check these points in recent news articles on the web and add any additional info...
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is scheduled for launch in the fall of 2008.
LCROSS is to be launched at the same time as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, in the fall of 2008.
NASA plans to carry out a manned test flight by 2014
NASA is aiming to launch the next-generation crew exploration vehicle Orion by 2020
The lunar explorer KAGUYA (SELENE) has been launched by the H-IIA F13 on Sep. 14 from the Tanegashima Space Center
Chandrayaan-1, is scheduled for launch in early 2008
Chang’e-1 blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, Sichuan, atop a Long March 3A rocket on October 24, 2007
Chang’e-2 is scheduled to be launched around 2010.
A lunar sample return probe (Chang’e-3) is planned for launch around 2012
Russia is aiming for launch LUNA-GLOB around 2012
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) have signed an Agreement on joint lunar research and
plans a solo moonmission
Nasa set to support UK
India, Russia begin talks on Chandrayaan-II
Some related documentation
CONSTELLATION PROGRAM OVERVIEW [.PDF file]
Extreme Environments Technologies for Future Space Science Missions [.PDF file]
Colonel David J. Thompson, USAF and Lieutenant Colonel William R. Morris,
USAF Air War College Maxwell
Paper No. 24MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, ALABAMA AUGUST 2001 [.pdf FILE]
Mining and Manufacturing on the Moon
Lunar Base Designs
Energy from the Moon
50 Highlights of Space Travel
From Sputnik to Apollo 11 to Saturn's moons, click through our time line to tour 50 highlights from 50 years of space exploration.
NASA: New Mission to Study Moon's Interior is Announced
And other countries will soon be added to this list, IMHO.
Now, if you take a look at the equipments of these missions, you'l find out that basically no-one is interested to the Moon's surface: the real
reason of this mass race to the moon are natural resources, a perfect example is Helium-3
Researchers and space enthusiasts see helium-3 as the perfect fuel source.
Researchers and space enthusiasts seehelium 3 as the perfect fuel source: extremely potent, nonpolluting, withvirtually no radioactive by-product.
Proponents claim its the fuel ofthe 21st century. The trouble is, hardly any of it is found on Earth.But there is plenty of it on the moon.
Society is straining to keep pace withenergy demands, expected to increase eightfold by 2050 as the world populationswells toward 12 billion. The
moonjust may be the answer.
Read more here...
Fusion Power from the Moon
Race to the Moon for Nuclear Fuel
...and IMHO soon we'll see a lot of private missions ....
[edit on 22/12/2007 by internos]