Middle Earther wrote:
I honestly want to know why we need to go to the moon again. I am saying that wanting to know what real benefits we could conceivably achieve with more moon missions at this point in time.
Anyone care to chime in on this?
Launching and fueling pad to Mars. And it would give me something cool to cover at work.
The most expensive part of spacecraft supply and construction is lift. Even with space elevators (which are beyond our current level of technology), the cost per pound to orbit is prohibitive for large spacecraft. Building craft on the moon from mostly lunar materials would offer huge cost savings until and unless we can find a way to reach Earth orbit more cheaply.