Return to the Moon

Return to the Moon

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Former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt advocates a private, investor-based approach to returning humans to the Moona€”to extract Helium 3 for energy production, to use the Moon as a platform for science and manufacturing, and to establish permanent human colonies there in a kind of stepping stone community on the way to deeper space. With governments playing a supporting rolea€”just as they have in the development of modern commercial aeronautics and agricultural productiona€”Schmitt believes that a fundamentally private enterprise is the only type of organization capable of sustaining such an effort and, eventually, even making it pay off.... can subsidize lunar fuel production; however, it is useful to plan on this aspect of the initiative being self-sufficient and ... Additional returns will come from the sale of lunar by-products for use in space, other applications of helium-3 fusion technology, and services related to booster ... force the re- creation of an Earth to Moon launch capability comparable to the Saturn V booster ofthe Apollo Program .

Title:Return to the Moon
Author:Harrison Schmitt
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2007-12-28


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