Re: SPACE: Property Claims and Lunar Water Mining

Randall R Randall (
Sat, 7 Mar 1998 13:08:23 -0500

On Sat, 7 Mar 1998 08:03:40 EST GBurch1 <> writes:

>A real problem with any such projects, though, will be the nuclear nuts'
>ravings about plutonium RTGs. By definition, solar power won't be
>for any of this work, and so RTGs and, for the real work, genuine power
>reactors, will be the only viable power sources. Get ready for another
>with the nukenuts.

Why won't solar power be available? I can think of two easy
schemes right away: Use solar power panels on a sufficiently
high mountain, if any exist within line of sight (something
easily checked, but which I haven't), or use some of the
storage area to store hydrogen and oxygen, burning them
for power on the way, and recharging the tanks at a more
suitable location. This would cut down the storage
capacity of the tankers, but maybe not too much, and
would relieve the need to haul extremely heavy
nuclear material (and compact shielding; does the
moon have easily mined lead?) up from Earth.

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