posted on Oct, 20 2012 @ 11:25 PM
Sure, it is possible, no doubt about it. The problem is that amateur rocket and balloon enthusiasts who launch small craft into space do not posses
the know-how to not only leave earth's orbit, but calculate with the precision needed to guide a craft, and then the hard part, have it LAND on the
moon. This is by no means an easy feat, even for those we call professionals...Those who have done it before. It is by no means "routine" in my
There are people who could figure this out, but there are so many small details, and this is why it took Nasa such a large team of people. I think
they said there were somewhere on the order of 400,000 people needed overall to first put man on the moon, with the designing, building, testing,
etc...It would take a rocket first of all.
But not an ordinary model rocket that people fly in their backyards. It would be even more complex that those of the semi-professional rocket
designers who build relatively large rockets as a hobby.
It would have to be multi-staged, and the sheer distance involved would mean a special propellant. This in itself is no easy feat to accomplish, this
complex of a rocket. But it could be built, and it might work. But then the really hard part begins. The equipment needed for the video feed, plus
everything else involved, is going to add up as far as weight is concerned. So that's another issue, and the rocket is going to have to be bigger.
But even if these obstacles are overcome...There has to be another stage to get it to the moon. That is a long ways away. It would take days to
arrive, and throughout that time there has to be some sort of computerized guidance system. That is another huge obstacle. Then there is actually
landing on the moon. Simply creating parachutes strong enough to slow the descent to the surface is a challenge. Just as the government, lol.
So additional boosters would be needed to slow the lunar module to a light touchdown on the surface of the moon, so as to not damage all the sensitive
equipment inside. It is just too large of a project for amateurs without the adequate experience, and more importantly, assets, to accomplish. Nasa or
another space agency could do it, but it would still cost a lot and take a huge amount of time. Not only the planning, but the designing, development,
testing, etc., is something that should not be taken lightly.
So while I think this is a great idea, and also think it would be cool to attempt to do, I don't think a small group of people could pull it
off....Unless of course they had a large budget, adequate connections to obtain materials, lots of time on their hands, and most importantly, the
firsthand knowledge of all the dynamics of space flight. That is an extremely tall order in my opinion. This is all before even mentioning the video
feed itself, and what would be needed.
The good news is that there are probably startup companies out there who send stuff up, and they may be able to pull something like this off...Maybe.
At least they would have the basic resources to get something like this started. But I am not sure if any of these companies build or launch their own
rockets. I would assume they would hitch a ride for their satellites and whatnot on rockets sent up by the big boys. While I do not want to discourage
you, although everything I said above may beg to differ, I think it is important to be realistic. Dreams and ideas are great, but at some point
someone has to step up and present the facts as they are, and I think this is helpful in the long run. I would assist in any way possible on a project
like this, because I like the idea of doing the impossible, but I am not sure where to even start...It is that daunting of an idea to me.