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CBS 60 Minutes Feature: "Towns on the Moon" (New!) April 7, 2008

Posted by Nick Azer in Constellation, Current News.

Right smack in the middle of the Yahoo! start page today was a link to a brand new 60 Minutes feature, courtesy of CBS News, that they just ran about the new NASA space program (Constellation). Constellation (which is replacing the “boring” Space Shuttle program, as NASA themselves put it), includes their efforts towards moon colonization, which NASA Exploration Chief Rick Gilbrecht describes in the video below as “Towns on the Moon”, with habitats that are “short-sleeve environments”:

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3996816n (11 minutes 18 seconds)

Some great, great stuff in there. And a ‘Woot’ for massive, mainstream PR for the subject :)

One particular nugget, besides the exciting concept of entire towns, is the rovers that can roam 10 times farther from the base than the Apollo program’s did (60 miles versus 6 miles); I believe this means 120 miles total, with 60 there and 60 back. Nice. For reference, the circumference of the moon is 6, 790 miles, versus Earth’s 24,859.

Freeways on the moon?… :)



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