Colonizing the Moon<br />Has been discussed amongst astronauts for over 50 years<br />Decided that we will colonize the Moon before Mars<br />The Moon is 238,857 miles away, Mars is between 36 million to 250 million miles away<br />Could get to Moon in 3 weeks going at 500 MPH on a jetliner, 6 months going to Mars<br />
Apollo Missions<br />Nine Apollo missions have been sent into space<br />Seven missions hadmen land on the Moon<br />The first two missions had to go back to Earth before landing<br />First mission made 10 orbits around the Moon<br />Second mission came within 50,000 feet of landing<br />
LCROSS “Shooting the Moon”<br />Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) “shot the Moon” on October 9th, 2009<br />Sent a satellite into the Cabeus A crater in search of ice by the southern lunar pole<br />Found the ice, which can be chemically reduced to oxygen <br />
Spacesuits <br />Help to regulate temperature and oxygen <br />Will help to slow muscle atrophy and bone decalcification<br />Takes 500 man-hours (2 ½ years) for one person with all the skills to make one space suit<br />3 months with many other people <br />All spacesuits are 3/16” thick, and made of 11 materials<br />The materials are: ortho-fabric,aluminized mylar, neoprene-coated nylon, dacron, urethane-coated nylon, tricot, nylon/spandex, stainlesssteel, and high strength composite materials.<br />
Spacesuits (cont.)<br />All spacesuits are taken apart after each mission, then reassembled for the next mission with different parts<br />Apollo spacesuits weighed 180 pounds (30 lbs on Moon)<br />Current spacesuits weigh 310 pounds (103.3 lbs on Moon)<br />Spacesuits are only white because they reflect the sun’s light and heat<br />
When we might colonize<br />Within the next 40-70 years<br />No definite plans where on the Moon to colonize<br />Would cost $10-20 billion per year to sustain the colony<br />
Pros of Colonizing <br />Good vacation spot<br />Great space observation location<br />Rest stop for astronauts, place to refill rocket fuel<br />Telephone‘s could be used on the Moon, with only a 3 second delay<br />
Cons of Colonizing<br />No fertile soil for crops<br />Lunar soil is extremely abrasive and toxic, and causes serious lung conditions<br />Hospitals would have difficulty functioning on the Moon<br />
Health Risks<br />Still developing children and young adults’ spines and digestive systems would grow to abnormal lengths<br />Children would die before having offspring, results in end of human race<br />Very poor blood circulation<br />
Marius Hill<br />Enough oxygen to sustain a colony<br />213 feet wide, 269 feet deep<br />Volcanic crater in the Marius region<br />Could lead to a breakthrough and help us find other craters nearby with oxygen<br />
Evolution to New Species<br />Evolution is constantly occurring<br />In space, humans would evolve into a completely new species<br />Won’t be a need for spacesuits anymore<br />
Thank You for Watching<br />To me, colonizing the Moon is an expensive and risky task that may cause more harm than good to the human race in the long-run. <br />I hope you enjoyed my presentation<br />
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