The Western Lines

January 3, 2010

Our Incredible Space Station Luna

“If God wanted man to become a spacefaring species, He would have given man a moon.” – Krafft Ehricke

Last November, the dream of colonizing the Moon and solar system, came a step closer to reality with the exciting discovery of substantial amounts of water ice in the permanently shadowed Cabeus crater near the Moon’s South Pole. The LCROSS spacecraft and a companion rocket stage made twin impacts in the Cabeus crater on October 9th, 2009 that created a plume of material from the bottom of a crater that has not seen sunlight in billions of years. This important discovery justifies our returning to the Moon before the end of the next decade.

The Moon will play an important role in humanity’s future expansion into space. A revitalized manned lunar exploration over the next ten years is the only next logical step if our planetary culture is truly going to evolve into a spacefaring civilization.

Today’s video selection takes a closer look at our nearest neighbour in space in all its majesty and mystery and the role it played in shaping the geological and biological development of our own world. We will also glimpse the brave new era of lunar exploration and the incredible potential of using lunar resources in jump starting the second phase of the space Age with the goal of establishing a permanent human presence in the high frontier of space.

This second era of lunar exploration will be much more exciting and inspiring for it will help to create a new branch of human civilization out amongst the stars.

The Universe – The Moon

For thousands of years man has found comfort in its presence. It’s been a beacon for nocturnal travelers, a timekeeper for farmers and a location finder for sailors at sea. For some cultures it’s even been a god. It’s the only cosmic body ever visited by human beings and today NASA is planning a permanent outpost there. But how did it get there in the first place? How did the Moon come to be? The answer is more astounding and spectacular than most residents of Earth have ever imagined.

The Universe – Mysteries of The Moon

Our closest neighbor, mysterious as it is, tied to our very survival. Its luminance has captivated us since the beginning of humanity, but a closer look reveals an ever present source of myth, controversy and mystery. An unseen force that pulls at the Earth every second of the day, a source of illusion and wonder, a celestial body so close to home that it may we behave and the way our body functions. And without it, some argue, the planet Earth as we know it may never have evolved.

Base Camp Moon

The fruits of the previous moon expeditions have provided scientists with astounding information and insights. Over the years, this information has helped shape technological advancements in fields as diverse as biology, geology, astrophysics and chemistry. In 2018, astronauts will once again set foot on the lunar surface, with the goal being to ultimately establish a presence on Mars and beyond. Astronauts, scientists and engineers will use the moon as a training ground to develop and refine the technologies that such an ambitious vision demands.

If We Had No Moon

Without the moon, humans would not exist. Life, if it had started at all, would be in the earliest stages of evolution. Days would last four hours, winds would blow at hurricane force and there would be a dense and toxic atmosphere resembling that of Venus. Luckily, 50 million years after the formation of the solar system, our proto-planet was hit by a celestial body more than twice the size of Mars, which formed the moon. In this one-hour special, viewers will learn what Earth was like before the moon and what Earth would be like if the moon disappeared.

Horizon – The Moon

1972 was the year a great love affair ended. The human race fell out of love with the moon. It was a classic case of ‘familiarity breeds contempt’. There’d been six moon landings, and we’d grown bored. To this day, nobody has been back. Our eyes wandered to other more intriguing worlds. Throughout the solar system scientists found many more moons that seem far more exciting than our own dull pile of gray rock. For 35 years our own moon has been abandoned, but now all that’s about to change. This is the story of our love affair with the moon.


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