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[b]Spelunking rover could scout sites for lunar bases.[/b]

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[size=2]William Whittaker's cave-crawling robot could one day explore lunar caverns.[/size]

William 'Red' Whittaker often spends his Sundays lowering a robot into a recently blown up coal mine pit near his cattle ranch in Pennsylvania (see [url="http://www.nature.com/news/roaming-robot-may-explore-mysterious-moon-caverns-1.11842#video"]video[/url]). By 2015, he hopes that his robot, or something like it, will be rappelling down a much deeper hole, on the Moon.

The hole was discovered three years ago when Japanese researchers published images from the satellite SELENE[sup][url="http://www.nature.com/news/roaming-robot-may-explore-mysterious-moon-caverns-1.11842#b1"][size=2]1[/size][/url][/sup], but spacecraft orbiting the Moon have been unable to see into its shadowy recesses. A robot might be able to

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An Astronotic lunar surface rover is supposed to fly on a Falcon 9 v-1.1 within the next few years as part of Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP) competition. Announced over a year ago. They're one of the very best of the GLXP teams.

More on Astrobotic and their rovers here : http://astrobotic.net/

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I still don't understand why we don't have like a hundred rovers on the moon. I know we mapped every inch of it from orbit, but still!

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I know. Seems a bit odd that we basically ignore the moon.

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[quote name='Growled' timestamp='1354494664' post='595364480']
I know. Seems a bit odd that we basically ignore the moon.
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Moon? ...what moon?

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I don't understand why there isn't a space station on the moon and people building Star Ships.
Our space programs should be that far by now I'd think. Should be exploring other galaxies by now.

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1) no political will, ergo -

2) insufficienr funding. No bux, no Buck Rogers.

3) intergalactic travel is out because the distances are vast. Travel to stars may have to multi-generational; you do the trip there, your kids do the exploration, and your grandkids crew the trip home.

Even then the time dilation effects of high speed travel under Relativity mean they'd be arriving back at Earth hundreds, if not thousands, of years in Earths future (time didn't dilate for the stay-at-homes.)

As far as exploring our solar system goes, NASA has a large vessel design that would work, NAUTILUS-X, and parts of it even use rotational artificial gravity. Function wise (though not in form) it's quite like 2001's [i]Discovery[/i] Class ship.

extended mission version of NAUTILUS-X

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[quote name='neoadorable' timestamp='1354436299' post='595363160']
I still don't understand why we don't have like a hundred rovers on the moon. I know we mapped every inch of it from orbit, but still!
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Thinks someone has been watching Star Trek a tad more than they should and not reading enough newspapers or keeping up with global current affairs lol Still you could always pay for the 100s of Lunar rovers out of your own pocket :rolleyes:

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using current affairs as an excuse is lame because part of the reason affairs are at their current state is precisely the lack of innovation and new growth industries. of course there's innovation in some areas, but space is literally the next frontier. when we start doing it in earnest it'll make the age of sail, age of exploration, and industrial revolution combined look like a drop in the ocean in terms of generating jobs, wealth, new tech etc.

and what does Star Trek have to do with any of it? You do realize rovers are not that expensive, and reaching the moon is really well within our capabilities. i know you're teasing but not in a good mood so i'll go for it...i don't like this whole problems on Earth first crap. The main reason we have so many problems on Earth is because we seem reluctant to expand beyond it.

Doc, the Nautilus, or an advanced version of it, was featured in the semi-satirical MARS movie. I hope you watched it!

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[quote name='Growled' timestamp='1354494664' post='595364480']
I know. Seems a bit odd that we basically ignore the moon.
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The cheese is too stale.

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