NASA Looking for Ways to Establish Moon Bases

By NTK Staff | 11.09.2017 @11:49am

William Gerstenmaier, the NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, told the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Wednesday that the agency was exploring ways to establish human habitation on the moon. Responding to questions from Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), Gerstenmaier said that signs indicated that water could exist at the poles of […]

William Gerstenmaier, the NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, told the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Wednesday that the agency was exploring ways to establish human habitation on the moon.

Responding to questions from Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), Gerstenmaier said that signs indicated that water could exist at the poles of the moon. “That could be very, very important to us as we think about moving forward [with bases on the moon],” he said.

Bases with water on the moon could aid deep space exploration, Gerstenmaier pointed out. They would allow exploration craft to pick up supplies on the moon instead of requiring that they take off from Earth with all requisite materials.

The associate administrator also said that the discovery of “large and stable lava tubes” under the moon’s surface could aid the development of human habitation.

“If you can take advantage of the radiation shielding provided by the lunar regolith and you can have a structure or a location to actually to go into for a storm shelters, that could be interesting,” he explained.

In addition to a base on the surface, Gerstenmaier said that NASA had considered using a space station that would orbit the moon.

Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich must be feeling vindicated after proposing the same type of project in 2012.

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