3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Why Go Back?,
This review is from: The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources (Hardcover)A very well written account and compelling argument of the value of the Moon as a stepping stone to future exploration of space. This is a well written book, concise, accurate, up to date, good editing, making a very strong arguments for why the Moon is an essential waypoint for the future of space exploration. The historical perspective of our relationship with the Moon was also excellent.
A few shortcomings include the author's redundant arguments for the reasons why the Moon is the only rational path to the future of space exploration. This argument was repeated throughout most of the chapters, so much so that I memorized the argument! This space could have been used for additional information on the resurgence of recent scientific findings of lunar science, which is basically the author's specialty. The author made no mention of potential ethical issues regarding the exploitation of the Moon's natural resources and how waste products would be handled. He does mention... Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Is there water on our Moon?,
This review is from: The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources (Hardcover)Interesting book. It was insightful to compare the plan proposed by Paul Spudis for exploration and colonization of space with that of Robert Zubrin's (The Case for Mars ISBN 978-1-4516-0811-3). Paul thinks there are huge amounts of water, in the form of ice, which are languishing in lunar craters on the north and south lunar poles. He presents evidence for this (e.g., increased hydrogen levels recorded by lunar orbiters in areas near the poles). Robert Zubrin believes there is very little water on the Moon. He recommends bypassing the Moon and heading straight for Mars where we know there is water. Spudis presents a "stepping stone" approach that envisions using lunar resources to produce rocket fuel, and other materials to build and fuel vehicles that could travel between Earth and Moon and eventually throughout our solar nebula . I believe the Spudis plan is the best, but only if factual data confirming the amount of lunar water ice that Spudis suggests can be... Read more
One of my favorite books.,
This review is from: The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources (Hardcover)
I am an Earth Science graduate student, and I think this is a must read for anyone interested in space travel, the moon, or mankind's future in space. The book is very well written and easy to read, and it covers all the important political, scientific, and environmental histories, benefits, and possibilities related to space travel. A highly recommended read.