Building a Lunar Colony One Step at a Time
Photo-NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
The following are some commonly available references that might be of interest to fellow lunar colony advocates. Though we enjoyed reading them, we don't make any claim otherwise.
Edited by Haym Benaroya, "Lunar Settlements", CRC Press, 2010
Paul Spudis, "Blogging the Moon",Apogee, 2010.
Schrunk et. al.,"The Moon",Praxis, 2008
Alvin Crotts,"The New Moon", Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Peter Eckart,"The Lunar Base Handbook", McGraw-Hill, 1999.
Wernher von Braun,"Project Mars", Alabama Space Science Commission (Apogee), 2006
Tom Hanks et.al.,"Magnificent Desolation",Playtone, 2005
Smith and Davies,"Emigrating Beyond Earth", Springer, 2012
David Leach,"Space Architecture",AD, 2014
Erik Seedhouse,"Bigelow Aerospace",Springer, 2015
Michael Carroll, Seventh Landing, Springer, 2009
Dennis Wingo, Moonrush, Apogee Books, 2004
- LEAG The Lunar Exploration Analysis Group
- LADEE Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer - accessed 2013 Nov
- CESRF - Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility - accessed 2013 Nov
- To the moon National Space Society - accessed 2013 Nov
- Lunar elevator - accessed 2014 Jan
- Lunar North Pole Mosaic - accessed 2014 Apr
- Beamed energy
- Broadband to the Moon
- LASER to the Moon by ESA
- Testing before acceptance.
- LADEEs LLCDLaser Communication
- Standardized Berthing and Docking Mechanism
- Laser-tagging with OPALS
- Maggot food
- Chinese Lunar Palace I - closed loop environment -video
- $1.2M per kilogram to the Moon by Astrobotic
- Kalpana One - 300 residents
- OLTARIS - radiation in space
- The Lunar Base
- Water recovery system
- Self-Landing Mobile Lunar Habitat
- Lunar walking at 1.4 m/s
- Using the Moon to step to Mars (pdf)
- Mafic patches at Malapert site selection (pdf)
- Dust that bounces.
- Optical Link Study Group
- Astronaut Training
- NASA Lunar Lander Design
- Lava Tube Skylights
- Radiation Shields
- Habitat Design
- TM-2015-218564Habitable volume (pdf)
- Basic human needs
Moondust - NASA
The ground, meanwhile, may leap into the sky. There is compelling evidence (see, e.g., the Surveyor 7 image below) that fine particles of moondust, when sufficiently charged-up, actually float above the lunar surface. This could create a temporary nighttime atmosphere of dust ready to blacken spacesuits, clog machinery, scratch faceplates (moondust is very abrasive) and generally make life difficult for astronauts.
Stranger still, moondust might gather itself into a sort of diaphanous wind. Drawn by differences in global charge accumulation, floating dust would naturally fly from the strongly-negative nightside to the weakly-negative dayside. This "dust storm" effect would be strongest at the Moon's terminator, the dividing line between day and night.