Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.

 

Stephen Hawking

 

Chris Hadfield: Moon colonisation is 'obvious' next step

RATE THIS! +28
Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:09 AM by AlexMuller

Chris Hadfield spent 166 days in space and spacewalked for almost 15 hours. The next "logical" space exploration? Humans is returning to the Moon and building colonies there. "We will be on International Space Station for another ten years or so, and where's the next obvious place we'll go: the Moon. It's only three days away"

 
Space programs, from SpaceX and Nasa, are targeting putting humans on Mars within the next 20 years, with Nasa likely to pick its landing site during the next presidential term. But Hadfield, who has now retired, says the Moon is an ideal testing ground.
 
"I expect we'll treat the Moon, for the next 100 years, like we've treated Antartica for the last 100 years. With an initial outpost briefly and then longer stays and people staying through the entire winter, and eventually we will have permanent habitation on the Moon." Then, he says, humans will go as far as Mars. 
 
And a return to the Moon, more than 40 years since the last humans left, could happen very soon indeed. The European Space Agency has announced its intent to put humans back on the Moon "by the end of the next decade".
 
The agency, which will be supported with its plans by Nasa and other agencies, said that human missions will start in the "early 2020s" with "astronauts interacting with robots on the lunar surface". Hadfield said he would make a fourth trip into space, in any capacity. 
 
With Elon Musk's SpaceX continue tests on its privately-built Dragon 2 capsule, which will be one of the first commercial spacecraft to transport astronauts to the ISS, Hadfield argues that commercial spaceflight is at a "tipping point".
 
"The real question is can you get the price down low enough so that the customer can be someone beside a nation? Can you make the price low enough so that the customer can be a private company or an private individual," he says.
 
"Extremely wealthy people can maybe buy a ride to space but we're getting to the point, especially with the recent advances at SpaceX, where it becomes more and more available. And to me that is just natural."

Tags: spacemoonSpaceXNASAESAastronaut

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-01-23
+1
Moon colonisation could be the next obvious step but could be much more difficult than just landing even with the advances and technologies that we now have Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Science on 2017-07-27 15:19:10
    Could 'cocktail geoengineering' save the climate?..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-07-27 15:13:16
    Ketamine has 'truly remarkable' effect on depression..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-07-27 14:59:50
    Renewable Energy Just Hit a Big Milestone..read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-07-26 17:05:11
    Eye test could help diagnose autism..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-07-26 16:55:24
    Cognitive cross-training enhances learning, study finds..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Obesity is top cause of preventable life-years lost, study shows..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Light can be utilized to control gene function..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Brain stimulation restores memory during lapses, research shows..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Wax worm caterpillar will eat plastic shopping bags: New.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me