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Fraser
2008-Feb-20, 08:20 AM
Building the first Moon base will be the biggest challenge mankind has ever embarked on. We can already speculate about the hazards, natural and manmade, associated with a human presence on the lunar surface. In response, we already have some habitat structures in mind - ranging from inflatable structures to underground burrows inside ancient lava [...]

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Ronald Brak
2008-Feb-20, 08:38 AM
Should lunar buildings made of regolith have a sunshade, or reflective foil, or simply be painted white, for heat control? Anything made out of basalt is going to get quite hot in the sun.

Noclevername
2008-Feb-20, 10:19 PM
Should lunar buildings made of regolith have a sunshade, or reflective foil, or simply be painted white, for heat control? Anything made out of basalt is going to get quite hot in the sun.

Heat control on any lunar-surface habitation is probably going to have to be active. Loose regolith covering can provide some insulation, but the difference in day/night temperatures means it won't be enough by itself.