October 21, 2011
Imagining lunar occupation. All images: NASA/Pat Rawlings
Ambitions of lunar occupation have, regrettably for the sci-fi fans and the more speculative among us, all but receded from governmental charters and popular imagination, given the present international austerity measures which effectively ended NASA’s space shuttle program. In this economic climate, dreams of space colonies, floating cities, or extraterrestrial luxury hotels aren’t deemed appropriate, if not entirely discouraged. Dr. Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, on the other hand, wants to reclaim our spacefaring agency, and he has the plans to do just that. More after the jump!