The Pros And Cons Of Illegal Aliens
In 2004, President George W. Bush approved of the program known as the Constellation Program, and its goal was to “Establish an extended human presence on the Moon”, and in doing so “Could vastly reduce the costs of further space exploration.” And thus, NASA focused all efforts on the Constellation Program. It was estimated that NASA could establish a Lunar colony by the year 2020, and upon completion of such would their focus shift to colonization of Mars. The program only got as far as launching the Ares I prototype rocket in 2009, before President Obama canceled the program in 2010. The Obama administration excluded the Constellation program from the 2011 U.S. Federal budget, officially killing the program. A program that could have provided new scientific advancements, such as the cultivation of plants and the development of new jobs.
One problem science would face is how would they be able to make a Lunar colony self-sustaining. To have a self-sustaining Lunar colony, you need four things; Oxygen, Food, Water, and Energy. Since the Moon is tidal locked with Earth, the day cycle on the Moon is much longer. The length of one Lunar day, is as long as it takes the Moon to go through it’s eight phases, which takes an average twenty-eight and a half Earth days. Solar panels in conjunction with massive battery banks would be able to support the colony for these month long days. This solves the Energy problem, but not the …show more content…
Earth’s gravity accelerates objects at 9.8 meters per second squared, whereas the Moon’s gravity accelerates objects at 1.6 meters per second squared. That’s only 16% of Earth’s gravity, and to reach orbit, you need 0.1% of force is required to reach Lunar orbit. Another major difference is Weight, an entire Atlas V rocket weighs about 737,400 pounds, whereas the Apollo lander weighed about 36,200 pounds. That’s only 5% of the entire mass of an Atlas V rocket. So all in all, you can launch something that weighs 36,200 pounds, with 0.1% of the required force and fuel to reach lunar escape velocity. This means you can simply launch a payload from the surface of the Moon, you would no longer require a rocket to deliver