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As you may know, there is a great push by man to settle the Moon. As reported, NASA just awarded a $78 million contract “for Intuitive Machines [a private U.S. company] to develop, launch and land its Nova-C spacecraft on the lunar surface with a payload of NASA and private experiments.”
The first task is to send some vital supplies that are required to build/establish a permanent Moonatory (i.e. a Moon Laboratory) facility. After that, real Moononauts are to follow suit and, eventually move onto Planet Mars, to settle there as well. At least that’s the thought.
Course - Moon-and-Mars-Lighting - Time - Decades - Penny
Of course, all this Moon-and-Mars-Lighting is going to take some time, perhaps a few decades or more. And it will cost “a good penny.” But the (presumed) benefits could be priceless. For example, sand (yes the stuff you typically find on ocean shores) is getting to be in short supply here on Earth, particularly in some areas.
Sure, there is still plenty of sand in the Sahara and other notable deserts. But those sand dunes are far from the Metropolis next to you, or even further from the countryside you may be living at. And yes, there’s plenty of sand on both the Moon and Mars as well.
Supply - Moon - Mars - Body - Ingredients
What’s in short supply on the Moon and Mars, actually practically absent on either celestial body are two other important ingredients for construction. The first one is the precursor of hydraulic cement, also known as “Portland cement” (PC). This name was to suggest its similarity to a particular limestone occurring on the Isle of Portland in England.
Portland cement is made from limestone and natural silicates by high temperature calcination, i.e. heating the rock to temperatures typically at around 1400 C (2500 F) in large rotary kilns. That process breaks down the crystal structure of the rock’s minerals and result...
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