This piece of writing, produced in 2009 by Rudolph Draaisma, discusses considerations for a first lunar settlement. This essay could fit under the heading of Engineering as well, but this is a text about “Science Vision“, so I chose to categorize it as Philosophy. Enjoy!
As the engineer in electrics, mechanics and energy conversion systems that I am, I make in the following a more realistic analysis of what is possible and develop a program that can lead to establish the first bases and settlements on the Moon, showing designs of such structures and transport systems, with all the functions needed to live there and as can be done with today’s technology. This is neither Science yet, nor is it Science Fiction. This is Science Vision instead, the vision of what is, or may be possible within known laws of physics and today’s technology, but is yet to be done.
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