The Moon

Resources, Future Development, and Settlement

  • David G. Schrunk
  • Burton L. Sharpe
  • Bonnie L. Cooper
  • Madhu Thangavelu

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlvi
  2. Pages 49-58
  3. Pages 83-95
  4. Pages 131-155
  5. Pages 157-168
  6. Pages 169-197
  7. Pages 199-199
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-561

About this book


The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement describes feasible human settlement of the Moon in the coming century. Small scale, tele-operated and autonomous robotic in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) projects are first, followed by electric power, communication, and transportation networks manufactured from lunar resources. These infrastructure networks are field tested an commissioned in the polar regions of the Moon, and permanent human settlements are then established. Through several phases of development, the utility networks grow, and the number of permanently inhabited bases increases to inculde all areas of interest on the Moon. The book stresses that the envisioned "Planet Moon Project" will link the technological and cultural expertise of humanity to the virtually limitless resources of space. From that beginning, the people of the Earth reap substatntial benefits from space, and the human species will evolve into a spacefaring civilization.


Planet Solar Solar System human outpost living on the moon lunar base lunar colony malapert mountain mining the moon south polar region

Authors and affiliations

  • David G. Schrunk
    • 1
  • Burton L. Sharpe
    • 2
  • Bonnie L. Cooper
    • 3
  • Madhu Thangavelu
    • 4
  1. 1.PowayUSA
  2. 2.LebanonUSA
  3. 3.Oceaneering Space SystemsHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio Department of Astronautics and Space Technology Viterbi School of Engineering and The School of ArchitectureUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUSA

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