Moon Base 2020

According to BBC News, NASA has announced plans to build a base on the Moon in 2020. I have mixed feelings about this because I keep worrying that the science missions may suffer to pay for it.

The BBC article claims that the lunar poles have "a moderate climate and more sunlight" than other parts of the Moon. I would have thought that the sunlight was spread over a larger area as you got nearer the poles, so I don't understand why this would be so. Perhaps they get around the problem by building the solar panels vertically. There was also a sloppy use of terminology in the video report (may not be visible if you are outside the UK) which implied that the far side of the Moon is the same as the dark side. It isn't; you can often see part of the Moon that is in shadow from the Earth.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 05th Dec 2006 (12:53 CET) | Permalink
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