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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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"...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
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. See all Product description
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Arthur P. Smith
Best introduction to lunar development
15 January 2001 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the best up-to-date introduction to lunar development, focusing on the primary technical infrastructure necessary to expand from an initial base via In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) to global development of what the authors term "Planet Moon". The book makes a clear case first for why we should do this, and then in quite detailed outline, how. While some technical components, such as remote robotic tele-operation, or lunar materials mining and processing, still require research and development work, nothing in this project is far from mundane things we already know how to do. The book isn't entirely self-consistent and the logical separation of topics sometimes seems a bit odd, but the range of material covered is satisfyingly broad: lunar topography and composition; railways, telecommunications and materials transport; requirements on construction and chemical processing equipment; human-suitable habitats, life support, agriculture, and "cislunar" transport and logistics, and more. Beyond the technical discussion of the physical, chemical, and engineering issues are several sections of the book dealing with lunar government, including a proposal for creation of a "Lunar Economic Development Authority" (LEDA) following a port authority model, which looks extremely promising. At least as valuable as the 10 main chapters are the 20 appendixes, to which over half the book's pages are devoted. These appendixes, based heavily on work published elsewhere, bring a lot of information together in one place available for ready inter-comparison. Perhaps the most interesting is also the longest, Appendix E, which thoroughly covers the proposed processes for lunar oxygen extraction and related chemical processing. This book is an essential guide for anybody hoping to work on lunar development and participate in, as the authors phrase it, the "Planet Moon Project".
The best I've read yet!
8 April 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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As a summary of hundreds of scientific papers, this is in depth and not for non-scientists or engineers. However, if you have a technical background, it is very well written and organized. The ideas are more up-to-date and practical than older books that sound like something out of Buck Rogers. I was surprised how much I learned. That Ilmenite (20% of the regolith) is a semi-conductor and has a band-gap of 2.45V just blew my mind! All of the ISRU ideas were presented with pros and cons. I highly recommend this book.
Its like a Star Trek technical manual for the moon.
16 December 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Everything Elon Musk needs to conquer Luna.
Great reference for Moon Enthusiasts.
10 February 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
THis book does an exceptional job of detailing all things regarding how our moon could and should be utilized as a return site for future space exploration. There are not a whole lot of books on the specific subject s its nice to find one that does it so well.
21 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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Very informative and scientific. A very good resource for detailed essays on travel too, and outposts on the moon, in addition to general information and exploration methods.