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    How long until we colonize the moon (continued)

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    The moon is our nearest neighbor but other then visiting it 40 years ago we still do not have humans living there. China has a active rover on the moon and Russia has plans to further explore the moon. Will China or Russia be the first to have a permanent base there, or will there be an international based team living there? How long before that happens?
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    ESA is putting an initial infrastructure in place for the moon village - communications.

    http://www.leonarddavid.com/moonboun...mmercial-node/

    There are new partnerships afoot that make the commercial lunar economy a potential actuality. A newly-inked collaboration agreement is geared to commercial Moon missions.

    In this instance, the European Space Agency partnered with the U.K.’s Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) group and the Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall, England.

    Goonhilly is an independent, privately-owned business providing a complete range of satellite communications services and a range of space and data related services.

    No stranger to lunar exploration duties, Goonhilly beamed the Apollo 11 Moon landing to millions of viewers in 1969. The new partnership, dubbed the Lunar Pathfinder mission – steps forward to implement a sustainable, long-term commercial service that supports lunar scientific and economic development, both for Europe and other nations.

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    I take this article as confirming, China is actively pursuing a manned lunar program.

    http://www.ecns.cn/2018/04-26/300488.shtml

    China has the technological basis for a manned lunar landing, says Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China's manned space program.

    Human exploration of the universe would not stop in low-Earth orbit as China was drawing up the blueprint for manned space development after the construction of its space station, Zhou told a space conference in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

    With Mars as a long-term target and the Moon as a transition goal, manned lunar expeditions were a focus for global space activities.

    "We have had in-depth discussions with many experts about manned lunar exploration, and conducted research on key technologies in recent years," Zhou said.

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    NASA just cancelled its moon rover!!!

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/27/1...rospector-moon

    NASA is pulling the plug on its only planned robotic mission to the Moon’s surface. The space agency has reportedly canceled its Resource Prospector — a small rover that was designed to excavate materials such as hydrogen, oxygen, and water from the lunar poles. The move has angered many lunar scientists, and now they’re calling on NASA’s new administrator to keep the program alive, claiming it’s a crucial mission to help return humans back to the Moon.

    The main goal of Resource Prospector was to help NASA better understand what kind of materials are lurking at the Moon’s poles. Multiple lunar spacecraft have proven that water exists there in the form of ice, but we don’t know much about what this ice is like. Most of the data we have comes from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is in the Moon’s orbit, and a couple of spacecraft that purposefully crashed into the Moon to get quick measurements of the surface’s composition. The Resource Prospector would examine this water ice up-close for an extended period of time, learning more about its consistency and how much of it is out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    NASA just cancelled its moon rover!!!

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/27/1...rospector-moon
    NASA has clarified the cancellation of Resource Prospector was because they plan to use commercial partners to do that.

    http://spacenews.com/nasa-emphasizes...-cancellation/

    A lunar rover mission that struggled to win support at NASA, even after a change in space exploration policy, will no longer be pursued as the agency turns its attention to commercial lunar lander services.

    In a brief statement late April 27, NASA confirmed it no longer planned to fly the Resource Prospector (RP) mission, a lunar rover intended to travel into permanently shadowed regions of the lunar poles and assess the ability to extract water ice, a potentially valuable resource for future human missions.

    Instead, the agency said, selected but unspecified instruments from RP will instead be flown on future commercial lunar lander missions under a new Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. NASA released a draft request for proposals for that program April 27.

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    China has demonstrated that we do not need that much supplies from earth with its simulated moon base. 4 students stayed in the habitat for one year with only 2% of their requirements obtained from the outside.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137180976.htm

    Chinese volunteers have completed a one-year test living in a simulated space lab in Beijing, setting a new record for the longest stay in a self-contained cabin.

    Four students, two males and two females, emerged from the Yuegong-1, or Lunar Palace 1, at Beihang University to the applause of academicians, researchers and fellow students Tuesday.

    The total length of the test, which started on May 10 last year, was 370 days, with the third stage accounting for 110 days.

    Liu Hong, chief designer of Yuegong-1, said the test marked the longest stay in a bioregenerative life support system (BLSS), in which humans, animals, plants and microorganisms co-exist in a closed environment, simulating a lunar base. Oxygen, water and food are recycled within the BLSS, creating an Earth-like environment.

    "The system is 98 percent self-sufficient. It has been stable and effective in providing life support for its passengers," she said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    China has demonstrated that we do not need that much supplies from earth with its simulated moon base. 4 students stayed in the habitat for one year with only 2% of their requirements obtained from the outside.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137180976.htm
    A 2 minute video on the moon base included in this article.

    https://gbtimes.com/lunar-palace-1-a...t?cat=business

    Four Chinese students this week emerged from the final stretch of a 370-day experiment inside a self-contained lunar analogue training habitat. The video above offers a look inside the facility, as well as the experiences of the volunteers.

    The mission, which ended on Tuesday, was designed to simulate, and provide lessons for, a habitat on the surface of the Moon, as well as test bioregenerative life support systems.

    The experiment began on May 10 last year with a 60-day stay inside the 160-square-metre and 500-cubic-metre YueGong-1 (月宫一号), followed by the second group replacing the first for a 200-day stint between July 9, 2017 and January 26 this year.

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