Will we ever live on the Moon?

Will we ever live on the Moon?

Will we ever live on the Moon?

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June 14 2012 9:55 AM

Will we ever live on the Moon?

When will we live on the Moon?

It's a fair question. Newt Gingrich's assininery notwithstanding, it's worth considering carefully. While I'm pretty sure that at some future date we will have a permanent human colony on the Moon -- perhaps even a thriving nation over time -- the more interesting bit to me is how something like this will come to be.

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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So when I was asked by the BBC to write an article for their blog called "Future", as part of a series called "Will We Ever...?", the idea of humans living on the Moon seemed like a good topic. My thoughts on this are now up on their site: Will We Ever... Live on the Moon? It outlines one possible path toward a lunar base, and it's not necessarily the only one. But given recent developments and our current circumstances, the situation I describe in that article isn't unrealistic.

If we are to one day live on the Moon -- and I do seriously think we will -- this may be the way it happens. Give it a read and see if you agree!

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