- Colonization of the Moon
- 10–11 February 2017 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Lunacy: how science fiction is powering the new moon rush
Colonization of the Moon2017
Colonization of the Moon is the proposed establishment of a permanent human community or robotic industries on the Moon. Discovery of lunar water at the lunar poles by Chandrayaan-1 in has renewed interest in the Moon. Locating such a colony at one of the lunar poles would also avoid the problem of long lunar nights — about hours long,  a little more than two weeks — and allow the colony to take advantage of the continuous sunlight there for generating solar power. Permanent human habitation on a planetary body other than the Earth is one of science fiction's most prevalent themes. As technology has advanced, and concerns about the future of humanity on Earth have increased, the vision of space colonization as an achievable and worthwhile goal has gained momentum. Currently, the main problem hindering the development of such a colony is the high cost of spaceflight. There are also several projects that have been proposed for the near future by space tourism startup companies for tourism on the Moon.
T he moon is rising again above the horizon of the imagination, waxing into worldly relevance. The robot vanguard has already set forth. Later this year India will attempt to become the fourth nation to land a probe on the moon; an Israeli attempt to get there failed in April, but its backers plan to try again. One visited the near side, the familiar pockmarked face seen from Earth; the other went to the overflown-but-never-before-visited far side. The Chinese space agency has talked of sending humans in their wake, perhaps in the early s.
10–11 February 2017 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Lunacy: how science fiction is powering the new moon rush
Rovers owned by private citizens should be playing lunar golf by now. Instead, the moon sits quiet as the deadline for the Google Lunar X Prize quietly passed this weekend. After multiple extensions of the deadline from the original date in , the competition was officially killed in January when it became clear no private company would make it to the moon by the final deadline: March 31, The prize required a private team to successfully perform three tasks to claim the cash and glory:. Since the contest was launched on September 13, , only three vehicles have successfully hit the moon.