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Moon, Resources, Future Development and Colonization (Wiley–Praxis Series in Space Science and Technology) Hardcover – 28 Apr 1999

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  • Hardcover: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (28 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471976350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471976356
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 3 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,861,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a comprehensive overview of the peculiar challenges and opportunites presented by the industrial colonisation of the moon...an inspiring read..." ––Chemistry & Industry

"As a reference book for forward–looking engineers and architects, ′The Moon′ can be recommended... it presents a convincing and detailed account of the reasons for returning to the Moon and the ways in which this may be achieved." ––Peter Bond, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association

"Anyone who has an interest in the future development and colonisation of the Moon will find this book an informative and stimulating read." ––C. Welch, Space Flight

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This unique, visionary and innovative book describes how the Moon could be colonised and developed as a platform for science, industrialization and exploration of our Solar System and beyond. Thirty years ago, the world waited with baited breath to watch history in the making, as man finally stepped onto the moon's surface. In the last few years, there has been growing interest in the idea of a return to the moon. This book describes the reasons why we should now start lunar development and settlement, and how this goal may be accomplished. The authors, all of whom are hugely experienced space scientists, consider the rationale and steps necessary for establishing permanent bases on the Moon. Their innovative and scientific-based analysis concludes that the Moon has sufficient resources for large-scale human development. Their case for development includes arguments for a solar-powered electric grid and railroad, creation of a utilities infrastructure, habitable facilities, scientific operations and the involvement of private enterprise with the public sector in the macroproject.

By transferring and adapting existing technologies to the lunar environment, the authors argue that it will be possible to use lunar resources and solar power to build a global lunar infrastructure embracing power, communication, transportation, and manufacturing. This will support the migration of increasing numbers of people from Earth, and realization of the Moon's scientific potential. As an inhabited world, the Moon is an ideal site for scientific laboratories dedicated to geosciences, astronomy and life sciences, and most importantly, it would fulfil a role as a proving ground and launch pad for future Solar System exploration. The ten chapters in this book go beyond the theoretical and conceptual. With vision and foresight, the authors offer practical means for establishing permanent bases on the Moon. The book will make fascinating and stimulating reading for students in astronautics, space science, life sciences, space engineering and technology as well as professional space scientists, engineers and technologists in space projects.

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Arthur P. Smith
5.0 out of 5 starsBest introduction to lunar development
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5.0 out of 5 starsIts like a Star Trek technical manual for the moon.
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