MOON: Luna Colony

2017-08-26 (8)
MOON: Luna Colony

WEYLAND MEGACORP ARCHIVES

 

 

 

MOON: LUNA [1] COLONY

 

TERRAFORMED: 2031 – 2039

 

POPULATION: 4,270,000
ESTABLISHED: 2039*
INDUSTRY: Mining, Transportation, Refining, Heavy Industry.
NOTES: The first extra-planetary colony established.
KEY RESOURCES: Helium-3[3], Hydrogen[4], Aluminum[5], Silica[6], Water, Oxygen.

Peary Crater

This colony was never given a name that was trackable, but I have checked the best place for a Moon Colony to be established and Peary Crater fits the description all the key resources can be created and mined here, including the manufacture of water and oxygen

Researchers have identified what may be the perfect place for a Moon base, a crater rim near the lunar north pole that’s in near-constant sunlight yet not far from suspected stores of water ice.

Permanently sunlit areas would provide crucial solar energy for any future Moon settlement, a goal for NASA outlined last year by President George W. Bush. Such sites would also have resort-like temperatures compared with other lunar locations that fluctuate between blistering heat and unfathomable cold.

Equally important, in the permanently shadowed depths of craters around the lunar north pole, water ice may lurk, according to previous but unconfirmed observations.

Melted, it would be vital for drinking. Broken into hydrogen and oxygen, the water could provide breathable air and be used to make rocket fuel for a trip to Mars.[2]

I believe Peary crater may have been named after the famous explorer Robert Peary, who was believed to be the first explorer to reach the North Pole, although his supposed claim has come under scrutiny in these past years.

In fact, modern explorers have been unable to confirm or duplicate the claimed course of either American. Cook failed to provide documented proof, and later died in prison after being convicted for mail fraud. As for Peary, an analysis being published in National Geographic corroborates what skeptics have long contended – that his logs are unreliable and his final push, averaging 71 miles a day, seems incredible.[7]

 

Events on Luna

  • 10-Aug-2031 – TERRAFORMING BEGINS ON LUNA WITH PLANS FOR MULTIPLE SETTLEMENTS.
  • 28-May-2039 –  THE FIRST BREATHABLE ATMOSPHERE IS CREATED ON AN EXTRASOLAR PLANET FOLLOWING THE DEPLOYMENT OF A WEYLAND ATMOSPHERE PROCESSOR. *Luna colony becomes the first extra-planetary colony established.
  • 10-Aug-2041 Sea of Tranquility colony established.
  • 1-Jan-2065 – Sieg and Son have established manufacturing facilities in London, Buenos Aires, Nagasaki and the Schickard-Wargentin Frontier (Luna).
  • 14-Jun-2071 – A HANDFUL OF WEYLAND CYBERNETICS REPAIR STATIONS, MOSTLY ON EARTH AND LUNA, HAVE RECEIVED SOME REPORTS, LESS THAN A FEW DOZEN REPORTS, THAT CERTAIN DAVID 7 UNITS… HAVE MALFUNCTIONED WHILE IN SERVICE
  • 7-Jan-2092 – ELLEN LOUISE RIPLEY (ID# 759/L2-01N) IS BORN. IN OLYMPIA, LUNA, UA. LUNA – UNITED STATES.
  • 7-Jan-2094 – RIPLEY IS CONFINED TO A LUNAR QUARANTINE FACILITY FOLLOWING AN OUTBREAK OF XMB VIRUS.
  • 28-Oct-2112 – LAMBERT STARTS WORKING AS SHIPPING LANE TRAFFICATOR FOR FARSIDE LUNAR MINING AT PLYMOUTH/ LUNA-UA
  • 5-Feb-2114 – LAMBERT FINISHES HER ASSIGNMENT WITH FAR SIDE LUNAR MINING.

Helium – 3

The Apollo programme’s own geologist, Harrison Schmidt, has repeatedly made the argument for Helium-3 mining, whilst Gerald Kulcinski at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is another leading proponent. He has created a small reactor at the Fusion Technology Institute, but so far it has not been possible to create the helium fusion reaction with a net power output.

This has not stopped the search for Helium-3 from being a motivating factor in space exploration, however. Apart from the traditional space-faring nations, the India has previously indicated its interest in mining the lunar surface. The use of Moon resources was also part of Newt Gingrich’s unsuccessful candidacy for the Republican party’s nomination for the US presidency in 2012.

Private enterprise is also interested in using fuel from the Moon – although possibly by extracting water rather than Helium-3. The Shackleton Energy company envisages providing propellant for missions throughout the Solar System using lunar water.

The Moon could be used as a base for further exploration

Some teams vying for the Google Lunar X-Prize also see mining as an ultimate goal of their landers. ESA has also considered using the Moon to help missions farther into the Solar System.[3]

 

Hydrogen

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Image c/o PROF. VIRGÍLIO GUEDES PROF.ª GISELLE PALMEIRA

Resources will be used in space, starting with water which can be split by solar power into oxygen and hydrogen fuel for spaceships.[4]

Aluminium

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Natural Weathered Aluminum Nugget

Stony asteroids and meteorites typically contain 36% oxygen, 26% iron, 18% silicon, 14% magnesium as well as smaller amounts of aluminum, nickel and calcium. With the proper refining technology a stony meteorite could produce plenty of other building materials (silicon and aluminum are used on Earth in construction projects of all kinds). Earths crust has oxygen, silicon aluminum iron and other minerals, so the processing of an asteroid wouldn’t require totally new technology, just a few refinements to account for gravity and other conditions particular to space mining.[5]

Silicon

SiliconCroda
By Enricoros at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain,

Elements such as gold and platinum can be found on some asteroids. But water, silicon, nickel, and iron are the elements expected to become central to a space “economy” should it ever develop.

Water can be “mined” for its hydrogen (a fuel) and oxygen (needed for humans in space), while silicon can be used for solar power systems, and the ubiquitous nickel and iron for potential space manufacturing. (See an interactive on asteroid mining.)[6]

Luna

The Moon is known as

Luna in Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

Lune in French.

Mond in German.

Selene in Greek.

[8]

 


References

  1. “Moon Mare/Maria”Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  2. Peary crater, Perfect Spot Found for Moon Base, By Robert Roy Britt | April 13, 2005 01:02pm ET https://www.space.com/957-perfect-spot-moon-base.html
  3.  Helium-3 Mining on Lunar surface by eesa, https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Preparing_for_the_Future/Space_for_Earth/Energy/Helium-3_mining_on_the_lunar_surface
  4. Space mining takes giant leap from sci-fi to reality, Clive Cookson OCTOBER 19, 2017 https://www.ft.com/content/78e8cc84-7076-11e7-93ff-99f383b09ff9
  5. The Possibilities of Mining Asteroids and the Moon for Resources, written by: S.L. Bradish • edited by: RC Davison • updated: 9/11/2009 https://www.brighthub.com/science/space/articles/4320.aspx
  6. The Promise and Perils of Mining Asteroids, BY PUBLISHED 

  7. ”The News From Peary,” on Sept. 7, 1909, Archives | 1988 A Correction AUG. 23, 1988, https://www.nytimes.com/1988/08/23/opinion/c-a-correction-310788.html
  8. LUNA, https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/Luna

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