[LMB] Luna, and Space generally (was Arecibo)
pouncer at aol.com
Tue Nov 24 16:02:08 GMT 2020
Matt's perspective is:
>People who talk about the romance of exploration miss the point that
>humans cannot be the explorers in space.
Mine differs. We don't need explorers at this point. Settlers, yes.
People who have committed, decided to go live and DIE in (on) a new place.
Emigrants from Earth -- immigrants arriving to "new worlds" in a much
sense than historically true. Builders on an already-identified valuable
site, not hopeful speculators wandering around looking. So Matt and I
Markus points out:
> the fuel cost is only a few single digit percentages of the traditional
>[space] launch costs - the thing that will have a huge impact on costs is
>to make the entire launcher reusable, something that is finally being
Reusable and / or SALVAGEABLE. We've been putting stuff into orbit for
decades, a lot of which is now junk. Except, it's junk in a GREAT location.
Junk like empty rocket booster tanks -- negligible fuel or reaction mass
left, but a pretty decent mass of "shell". The original SkyLab wasn't
much more. We have electronic widgets that have fried and solar panels
than have died -- but often on different junk. Take two such and apply the
one to the other and you have one useful bit of stuff again; and left overs
for some other purpose. And already at/on/near the valuable location.
I think Leo Graf would have some ideas and abilities on such an
As would Mark Watney from other fiction entirely.
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