Returning to the Moon Term Paper by Nicky

Returning to the Moon
An overview of the overall logistics in building a lunar base.
# 145871 | 1,478 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2010 in Astronomy (Space Exploration) , Physics (Astrophysics)

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This research paper examines plans to build a lunar base when U.S. astronauts travel back to the moon. The paper considers the costs, the general plan, the types of rockets to be used, the payloads and crews necessary. The paper highlights the exorbitant costs relating to future lunar bases, and contends that travel costs to transport astronauts' travel, along with the transport of materials to/from the moon need to be reduced before a lunar base can become a reality. The paper includes images and source material as appendices to the paper.


From the Paper:

"Live Science reports in "How much for a moon base? Don't ask," (2006) that NASA chief reports costs for the lunar base will be less than the $104 billion anticipated cost to travel to the moon. Nuclear-powered rockets, according to Steven Howe, director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, would prove to be the best type of rockets to be utilized. Nuclear-powered rockets would reportedly save NASA billions of dollars in launch costs as the number of launches required to build a lunar base would be decreased due to the higher efficiency of nuclear propulsion. In the previous 1960s design for NERVA, an experimental nuclear rocket, the radioactive exhaust proved to be a problem. Scientists report that stronger coatings on future fuel pellets would prevent the prior erosion that permitted radioactive material to enter NERVA's exhaust."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • David, Leonard. 28 June 2007. "Flight Log: The First Private Expedition to the Moon." <>. 18 Feb. 2009.
  • Greenfieldboyce, Nell 2009. "ASA Airs Its Plan for a Moon Base by 2024." NPR. <>.18 Feb. 2009.
  • "How much for a moon base? Don't ask." 2006 December 9. MSNBC. < - 59k.>. 18 Feb. 2009.
  • Schrunk, David G., Sharpe, Burton, Cooper, Bonnie L. & Thangavelu, Madhu. 2008. In The Moon: Resources, Future Development, and Settlement. Edition: 2. Springer. <>.18 Feb. 2009.
  • Spudis, Paul D. 2005. "Why We're Going Back to the Moon." The Washington Post. Washington Post. Newsweek Interactive Co.HighBeam Research. <>. 18 Feb. 2009.

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