You will prepare and submit a term paper on Nasa’s New Moon Plans. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. Till date, Lunar Embassy, MoonEstates.com, and other rival companies have sold £5m worth of plots to 3.4m owners worldwide.”
Unlike the Cold War era, there is no maritime competition pushing superpowers ahead for such plans. So why is this increased interest in lunar exploration and lunar real estate? The ever-increasing technical prowess and the latest discovery of water ice in Polar Regions has fuelled the interest of all. In this paper, we explore the current trends of all such activity analyzing the feasibility of any moon habitat. Our aim is to give a realistic overview of advantages – disadvantages of such a project.
Apollo program proved that manned mission to the moon is very much feasible but the rock and dirt samples brought back were extremely low in lighter elements required for supporting life. This dampened enthusiasm for any lunar base project. However, in recent times, advocates such as National Space Society and the Moon Society cite the possibility of clean fusion power from Helium fuel mined on the moon as a potential economic justification for a lunar base. Mining helium-3, a potentially rich source of energy (could be used in futuristic fusion reactors on Earth that would generate electricity without producing nuclear waste) and harnessing it back to Earth would be a key priority in the moon exploration program. Such fusion technology could also power rockets for deep space travel in the future. This is how Peter Kokh in his Moon Society Paper gives justification for Human Presence on the moon:
In the vacuum-like, no atmosphere and no gravity condition of the moon, some unique chemical and biological products such as life-saving drugs may be producible. Scientists are optimistic about advances in other technologies such as nano-robotics in such an environment.
For future space exploration, the Moon can serve as .a launching pad.