posted 05-15-2007 02:14 AM
I probably omitted this title mainly because the topic is of no interest to me but others might be interested. So here it is, for your info.
The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement
Series: Springer Praxis Books
Subseries: Space Exploration
Schrunk, D., Sharpe, B., Cooper, B.L., Thangavelu, M.
Originally published by John Wiley and Sons
2nd ed., 2007, Approx. 475 p., 66 illus., 16 in colour, Softcover
Not yet published. Available: July 2007
quote: Amazon web link.
About the book
- Details how the Moon could be used as a springboard for Solar System exploration
- Presents a realistic plan for placing and servicing telescopes on the Moon
- Highlights the use of the Moon as a base for an early warning system from which to combat threats of near-Earth objects
- Presents a realistic vision of human development and settlement of the Moon over the next one hundred years
- Explains how global living standards for the Earth can be enhanced through the use of lunar-based generated solar power
The Moon - Challenge and Benefits of Settlement tells the story of the feasible transformation of the Moon into an inhabited sister planet of the Earth in the coming century. This successor edition is lengthened, drawing on the latest satellite data to emphasize the power potential and communications advantages of Malapert Mountain in the South Polar region of the Moon, being the optimum location for the establishment of the first lunar base.
Beginning with small-scale, tele-operated and autonomous robotic in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) projects, electric power, communication, and transportation networks could be manufactured from lunar resources. These infrastructure networks would be field-tested and commissioned in the south polar region of the Moon, and permanent human outposts could then be established. Through several phases of development, the utility networks would grow, and the number of permanently inhabited bases could increase to include all areas of interest on the Moon. The book stresses that the Planet Moon Project would link the technological and cultural expertise of humanity to the virtually limitless resources of space. From that beginning, the people of the Earth would evolve into a spacefaring civilisation.
Table of contents
Introduction.- Lunar Origins and Physical Features.- Science Opportunities.- Lunar Resources.- The first Lunar Base.- Return of the Humans.- The Planet Moon.- The Spacefaring Age Commences.- Appendices.- Lunar Physical Data.- Oxygen extraction techniques.- Human Factors.
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