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  • spaceghoti

    High on rhetoric but short on details. While I applaud the initiative (we really need to diversify away from the Earth) I'd like to know how they plan to handle resource management like food, potable water and air. Such a moonbase would require significantly more resources than the ISS and getting them from the Earth to the moon on a regular basis would be expensive. Would it even be possible to bring enough resupply on a single shuttle?

    This is when we need to start talking about mining the asteroid belt for resources. In addition to minerals there should be asteroids rich in ice and carbon compounds that could keep an off-planet colony alive. The monetary returns in raw minerals should more than recoup the cost assuming anyone has the vision for it.

    • zyrthofar

      I had assumed that only comets had ice on them. Good to know some asteroids have it too!

      So technically, we could capture a ball of ice from the asteroid belt and gently bring it into orbit around the moon. That would be awesome.

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