January 02, 2007

From David Barclay:

Re: NASA announces lunar base plan (Dec. 4): This plan to build a manned base on the moon and utilize the existing resources on the moon for this purpose has one small flaw: we do not have a method by which to achieve a uniform access to the lunar environment. Therefore the idea of utilizing lunar resources to supplement a manned base puts the mission crew at risk, in relation to the affects of non-uniformity associated with the lunar environment. For example; any water or moisture extracted from the lunar environment cannot be safely ingested as it is out of sync with the relative condition of the crew members bodies. The moon is a field within the field of the earth and our astronauts are in sync with the field of the earth and not the field of the moon.... two completely different systems. Even a prolonged stay on the moon could have adverse physiological effects. So what’s the deal here, is NASA simply going to ignore the problem until it causes an injury or death or are they going to deal with it and resolve the problem before they start construction on the moon.


Anonymous Michael R. said...

[re: lunar habitation]

By 'field' do you mean the 'gravitational field'? If so, the moon's g-field would only be 1/6th as strong as that on Earth.

Now, whether or not this can be successfully compensated for via artifical gravity environments (in the case of the human body, long term health), or, on the micro end of things, whether this significantly impacts the molecular structure of a molecule (in the case of water), and its subsequent ingestion/metabolic utilization, is a question I have not heard raised before (if that was in fact your point).

Astronauts on the space station drink water in micro-gravity with no deleterious effect (apart from the effects of any prolonged stay in orbit). Is there something different about lunar water? Is there any study/research on this?

I believe that any permanent colony on the Moon word need to include some 'artificial gravity space' to preserve the bone density of humans. Then again, over generations, a lunar culture would certainly emerge, and pehaps, a new phenotype too, due to the adaptive effects of 1/6 Earth gravity.

To what extent the environmental/adaptive challenges presented by life on the Moon would prevent us from long-term habitation, is unclear. I am also not clear as to whether others have researched this, but I suspect that there are many others working on these questions.

Please cite your sources for this 'field incompatiblity' phenomenon.

June 24, 2007 7:21 PM  

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