Sunday, January 26, 2014

Our Incredible Space Station Luna

"If God wanted man to become a spacefaring species, He would have given man a moon." ~ Krafft Ehricke

The Moon will play an important role in humanity’s future expansion into space. A revitalized manned lunar exploration program over the next ten years is the only next logical step if our planetary culture is truly going to evolve into a spacefaring civilization.

An Early Lunar Outpost

Today’s video selection takes a closer look at our nearest neighbor in space in all its majesty and mystery and the role it played in shaping the geological and biological development of our own world. We will also glimpse the brave new era of lunar exploration and the incredible potential of using lunar resources in jump starting the second phase of the Space Age with the goal of establishing a permanent human presence in the high frontier of space.

Lunar Base

This second era of lunar exploration will be much more exciting and inspiring for it will help to create a new branch of human civilization out amongst the stars.

A Lunar Biospheric Colony

The Moon Terraformed

The Universe - The Moon
For thousands of years man has found comfort in its presence. It's been a beacon for nocturnal travelers, a timekeeper for farmers and a location finder for sailors at sea. For some cultures it's even been a god. It's the only cosmic body ever visited by human beings and today NASA is planning a permanent outpost there. But how did it get there in the first place? How did the Moon come to be? The answer is more astounding and spectacular than most residents of Earth have ever imagined.

The Universe - Mysteries of The Moon
Our closest neighbor, mysterious as it is, tied to our very survival. Its luminance has captivated us since the beginning of humanity, but a closer look reveals an ever present source of myth, controversy and mystery. An unseen force that pulls at the Earth every second of the day, a source of illusion and wonder, a celestial body so close to home that it may we behave and the way our body functions. And without it, some argue, the planet Earth as we know it may never have evolved.

The Universe S02 E03 - Mysteries of the Moon by kaanozten

If We Had No Moon

Without the moon, humans would not exist. Life, if it had started at all, would be in the earliest stages of evolution. Days would last four hours, winds would blow at hurricane force and there would be a dense and toxic atmosphere resembling that of Venus. Luckily, 50 million years after the formation of the solar system, our proto-planet was hit by a celestial body more than twice the size of Mars, which formed the moon. In this one-hour special, viewers will learn what Earth was like before the moon and what Earth would be like if the moon disappeared.

If We Had No Moon 

BBC Horizon - Moon for Sale 

After 40 years, man is preparing to return to the Moon. But this time the astronauts won't just land on the Moon - they plan to stay. From his office in Nevada, Dennis Hope has spawned a multi-million dollar business selling lunar real estate. But scientists believe the real prize is trapped in the Moon's rocks. It contains large deposits of an extremely rare gas called Helium-3. Could Helium-3 be mined and used as a new source of almost inexhaustible, clean and pollution-free energy on Earth? Whoever succeeds in transporting Helium-3 back to Earth could solve the world's energy crisis. Who will win what has been dubbed the second Moon race? And should we be exploiting the Moon's valuable resources at all?

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