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Two US Companies Plan First Ever Private Lunar Surface Mission for 2016: Metals Mining Planned


The launch of Man’s first-ever mission to the Moon’s south pole was announced by two private US companies which plan to set telescopes on top of a lunar mountain as early as 2016.

The private $100 million enterprise mission will be both scientific and commercial, the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and startup Moon Express said in a joint press release.

They plan to install a two-meter radio antenna along with a smaller optical telescope on a five-kilometer-high lunar peak of a crater called Malapert.

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While they are up there, can they resolve whether we went?

MoonFaker: LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) images at 25km, Lunar Rover tracks that dead end & No Fly Zones for all Apollo landing sites.

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Being able to rent out time

Being able to rent out time on those moon based telescopes will be quite lucrative. They will probably recoup their investment in them in several years.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Why go all the way to the Moon for a clear view w/o distortion?

Hubble Telescope Space Telescope launched in 1990. Hubble is a telescope that orbits Earth. Its position above the atmosphere, which distorts and blocks the light that reaches Earth, gives it a view of the universe that typically far surpasses that of ground-based telescopes.

Newer ground-based telescopes are using technological advances to try to correct atmospheric distortion, but there's no way to see the wavelengths the atmosphere prevents from even reaching the planet.
The most effective way to avoid the problems of the atmosphere is to place your telescope beyond it. Or, in Hubble's case, 353 miles (569 km) above the surface of Earth.

Why would a Moon based telescope be better? This lunatic adventure seems nothing shy of "speeding other people's money."

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Put the lunar telescope as high up in the mountains as possible.

Neil Armstrong, Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2009. Melted Cheese Replica. Cheese replica of a melting space traveler.

As there is reportedly no atmosphere around the Moon, no sense in looking through something that is not there. Be wary about getting mired down in melted cheese. Avoid the melting cheese which might swamp low-level travelers.

Get as high a viewpoint as possible, no more so.

"Every man is a moon and has a side which he turns toward nobody: you have to slip around behind if you want to see it." - Mark Twain, "The Refuge of the Derelicts published in Fables of Man

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Anyone else's first reaction

Anyone else's first reaction waw, "Gosh only for 100 million?" Just another example of price sensitivity and government waste.

The "Private" side to the

Military Industrial Bankers?

While they are up there....

Can they bring back that rover that we took up there in that tiny capsule and left there? Ha!

I'm sorry..

but I just see that as a plan to rape the moon...

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

"Rape" away

I hope they extract every penny they possibly can from it. The more wealth they create means the more wealth is available for me.

The moon...

...is an inanimate object. From this fact, we can determine two things.

1) Not being biological, it is impossible to "rape" it.
2) It has no rights, therefore the metaphorical use of "rape" does not apply, either. It's there for the taking.

check it~

"RAPE: 4. an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: as in the rape of the countryside"

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

Earth First

We can mine the other orbiting rocks later!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

are you sure you can get past

are you sure you can get past eh van Allen radiation belts? the moon landings were fake as they nver jumped more than a foot above the ground. and that ship? as IF it could launch off from the moon! what a joke.


I wanna go!

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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