The Role and Functions of an Analog Moon Base

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by Joseph A. Angelo, Jr., EG&G Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space:

Abstract: Over the past two decades numerous studies, workshops and symposia have identified the rationale for and characteristics of a permanently inhabited base on the Moon. This paper discusses the key features of a high fidelity, engineering analog Moon base, built and operated in a suitable terrestrial location to help prepare for a permanent human presence on our nearest celestial neighbor. With some vision, imagination and space business acumen, this analog Moon base will not only support crew training, but can accommodate a wide variety of other interesting space-related activities including: the testing and demonstration of lunar base equipment and robot rovers, innovative aerospace educational activities, new commercial enterprises involving the spin-off of lunar base technologies, and exciting new dimensions in 'space' tourism and entertainment.

Subject Headings: Space colonies | Moon | Aircraft and spacecraft | Analogs | Human factors | Training | Equipment and machinery | Robotics |

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