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Astronomy - Popular Astronomy | Return to the Moon - Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space

Return to the Moon

Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space

Volume package: Copernicus

Schmitt, Harrison

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2006, XVI, 336 p.

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Former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt advocates a private, investor-based approach to returning humans to the Moon—to extract Helium 3 for energy production, to use the Moon as a platform for science and manufacturing, and to establish permanent human colonies there in a kind of stepping stone community on the way to deeper space. With governments playing a supporting role—just as they have in the development of modern commercial aeronautics and agricultural production—Schmitt believes that a fundamentally private enterprise is the only type of organization capable of sustaining such an effort and, eventually, even making it pay off.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Nation - astronomy - lunar colony - man on the Moon - moon - moon colony - nature - space - space exploration

Related subjects » Astronomy - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Popular Astronomy

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