It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
reply to post by OccamsRazor04
Yes, NASA and only NASA have been to the moon....
It'd be nice to have a fresh take by an outside party, results need to be repeated, criticized, and rewritten for the sake of science itself.
I am hopeful that China`s Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover mission
will find some artifacts of life or previous life on the Moon.
Why such a Moon mission has taken 39 years is beyond belief.
I hope China can solve many mysteries on the Moon enigma.
Are you optimistic of such an event of revelation?
edit on 15-12-2013 by deprogrammer because: (no reason given)
No the moon is a dead rock with no liquid water or atmosphrere.
You have more chance of finding life in congress, and i peg that as near zero chance.
reply to post by OccamsRazor04
Well, I do not think we have to rely on china but I do thinks it's important.
If China would like to continue exploring the moon, as the other poster said, we will have to rely on them for finding these things out.
reply to post by jonnywhite
Yes, you are right.
Humans are needed for any moon base to function.
Humans need air and water to survive.
Creating an artificial atmosphere in an enclosure is not as easy as it sounds. Gases escape easily, and gases need to be generated continuously to maintain pressure.
Thousands of tons of equipment will need to be transported from earth to the moon to start a base.
The payoff is not commensurate with the expense.
reply to post by draknoir2
You can build with lunar soil, or you can dig; either way you need heavy machinery.
Moon does not hold atmosphere due to its low gravity. Whatever habitat you build, overground or underground, will have escapes and doors, so gases will leak.
This creates a need to generate gases constantly.
A martial colony is far more feasible compared to moon.
Some lunar probe might eventually find some remains of life. Not fossils, because things can't fossilize on the Moon, but actually bits of organic cellular material. Then it will be determined to have been blasted up to the Moon as a result of a large meteorite impact on Earth.
There have been some arguments about mining the moon for fuels or water to be used there or nearby. Transporting things from the moon to Earth is prohibitively expensive. THe US under the Bush administration flirted with building a base on the moon. I'm not sure where the moon missions went, but maybe China is trying to say "Hey, we want a base too!" The US and the USSR played that game.
The problem with all this is it's expensive. How is it economic? Humanity needs an economic reason to be in space for anything to really get going.
Why would we want a base on the moon? That's something we need to explore. Maybe humans in the future will wonder how we lived without a moon base?
It needs incentive.edit on 16-12-2013 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)