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      CommentAuthorSeantaclaus
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2011 edited
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    Providing the most ideal conditions (thus far) for potentially building a moon base:

    Discovered by Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft.
    (For the curious, there's an actual picture of it in the article.)

    A snippet from the article:
    "It'd provide a nearly constant temperature of -4 degrees Fahrenheit, unlike the surface, which fluctuates between 266 degrees and -292 degrees. And it would provide protection from radiation, micro-meteor impacts and dust."
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    There's an absolutely fantastic book by George Friedman – who's the founder of Stratfor, a private intelligence agency – called The Next 100 Years where he attempts to predict the events that will define global politics in the next century. He thinks about mid-way through the century there is going to be a war between the U.S. and. a Japanese/Turkish alliance that will be fought and decided primarily on the moon. It's a part of the book where he gets a little carried more carried away with specific hypotheticals, suggesting that Japan would use rocket-propelled moon rocks to take down key U.S. "battlestar" space stations.

    It's an awesome read and Friedman won't live long enough to be proven wrong so he risks nothing by putting it out there.

    Anyway, this might be the beginning of our path to that future.
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    Well, that gives Japan a hundred years to fix its crappy space programme. Might be long enough.
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    It'd provide a nearly constant temperature of -4 degrees Fahrenheit, unlike the surface, which fluctuates between 266 degrees and -292 degrees. And it would provide protection from radiation, micro-meteor impacts and dust."

    far more suitable than my studio apartment
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    they didn't happen to find a black monolith in there, did they?
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    if they do, DON'T TOUCH IT!
    • CommentAuthorgzapata
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2011
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    @warrenellis- What're you talking about, they have GUNDAMS!?

    Sorry, an obvious joke but had to be said.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2011
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    And not a moment too late! I'm sure NASA will just fire up a shuttle to start testing equip-- shit.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2011
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    "I didn't come two hundred thousand miles to stay in a hole, Mortie. Now, you march right up to that front desk and get us upgraded. To something with a view."
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    There had better be an angry Moon Hermit in there.
    • CommentAuthorsnafu
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2011
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    I'm imagining Heinlein's Loonies from the Moon is a Harsh Mistress getting ready to drop rocks on us.
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      CommentAuthorArtenshiur
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2011
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    People keep describing it as the perfect place for a moon base. I admit this is a little confusing to me. Either your'e not actually radiation shielded, or you're under large amounts of rock that's never had people building a moon base under it before, or indeed much of any activity anywhere near it for quite a while. Rockfall anyone? Sure they're lighter on the moon, but a giant rock is a giant rock.

    Also, as 256 says, the view can't be that great.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2011
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    Is the chamber full of Space Nazis? IRON SKY may be able to use this as part of their promo campaign...

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