posted on Jun, 1 2008 @ 06:29 AM
After visiting ATS for 7 years now I decided to finally register an account to discuss the possible rationale for an extraterrestrial moon-base on the
dark side of the moon.
Before delving into the topic perhaps it'd be worthwhile to state some information about myself. I've been researching the subject of UFOs and
related phenomena for about 10 years now. I was drawn to the topic and inspired by the author Jacques Vallee to approach the subject from a scientific
standpoint. I've had a couple of close encounters (perhaps I will post about these in the future) and have found myself, as countless others have,
drawn with a near unnatural fascination to the subject.
I always find myself questioning the motivation of extraterrestrials to take the actions we credit them with taking. For the purposes of this post I
will examine a pro and a con of constructing such a base on the dark side of the moon.
Obviously no incontrovertible evidence has ever surfaced of such a base, but speculation on its existence has been around for a very long time; there
remains a significantly high number of supporters for the theory and it seems to attract more and more every day. If we ignore the arguments about
possible evidence of the base we can examine why an intelligent life form not of this planet would find the moon (particularly the dark side) an ideal
place for a base.
First let's examine a possible reason why the dark side of the moon might be an ideal location for a base. According to Wikipedia the first
practically functioning telescope was invented in 1608 (the telescope as created by Galileo Galilei would not have been able to see structures
on the surface of the moon). If a base was constructed after 1608 it's reasonable to assume that an extraterrestrial intelligence might be aware that
we would soon be turning our gaze to the face of the moon visible from Earth, and reasoned that their activities might be better executed out of the
eyes of us humans. This assumes that the EBEs (read: Extraterrestrial Biological Entities, for those unaware) would have had some knowledge of the
developments on Earth and could perhaps predict to some degree the advances in technology we would later make. This hypothesis revolves around the
notion that the EBEs would want to hide from us as much as possible.
Now let's take a look at an argument against choosing the dark side of the moon to build a base. The dark side of the moon is the most prone to
impact from meteoroids and comets. The probability that a base on the dark side of the moon would eventually be struck by such objects, or it's
operations directly affected by the impact of such objects is much higher than if it were located on the side facing the Earth.
There could be vast mineral deposits on the dark side of the moon which could be mined, or there could be a very nice underground moon-resort there
(if you'll forgive the humor), but to speculate that the location has to do with any of these possibilities is to speculate idly. I've tried to
stick to the only agreeable pros and cons of the location for such a base -- if it exists.
I believe that with the many privately funded endeavors to send spacecraft to the moon we can't be kept in the dark (no pun intended) on this issue
for too much longer. Sooner or later someone will find definitive evidence of either the presence of a base or its absence. While I am not personally
that interested in whether or not a base on the moon exists I hope that this will get more people to start thinking about why an intelligence
not of this Earth might do the things we believe them to do/have done. If we can manage even the slightest glimpse of their motivation we're one step
closer on the path to understanding a species not of this Earth, and perhaps one step closer to the stars ourselves.
There are things which I have intentionally neglected from this post, and I suspect there are many things I have not thought of that merit inclusion.