Posts Tagged ‘moonbase’

Quick Hits – What’s New for April 2019

April 8, 2019

It’s hard to be throwaway with a blog post, but that’s what we need in the post-G+ world.  A kind of shorter, less authored thing, more like the kinds of things we would’ve posted in groups.

Moonbase – Planetary Display – Podcasts – Miscellany

Working on the Moon Station Zvezda project.  I’ve got a preliminary mockup of the format I’d like to use for it, and I think it’s going to be a good looking piece. In an ideal world, we’d have it ready on or around the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July.  That may or may not happen, but we’re trying.

I got the Planetary Log Book almost completed this weekend.  Letting it percolate for a couple days, and waiting for some outside feedback, but it could be ready pretty soon.  My inclination is to make the PDF a bit more expensive (around $10), since that is actually going to be the useful version where you can print out your own planet books one after another as you need ’em.  The print version (from DriveThru) should be comparatively cheap (possibly around $3 – $4 each), and I’d like to be able to offer batch discounts (maybe 6 for $20 or something like that; maybe a package deal with a few print copies plus the PDF).  I’d like to get a couple outside reviewers to look it over and offer some feedback on the present version.

Recent listening:

Has anyone else used someone as a hired social-media person, and how did that work out?  We don’t do a particularly great job with keeping Antherwyck House out there, and I think it would be useful to find someone who could do a few things for us on various platforms.



Collected Notes on the Moonbase Map

May 26, 2015

{This was supposed to be posted a few weeks back as a followup to posting the Moonbase map, but it got sidelined in the Drafts folder, so here it is now.}

Lunar topographic map

First of all, if you haven’t seen the new USGS maps of the Moon, they are lovely (and huge files):

There was good feedback and discussion about the Moonbase map from the Google+ groups. This is a summary and accumulation of those questions and answers.


The idea of making this into a setting or a game has been kicking around for a long time, and it’s not likely to go away. And the feedback from a few people about this being posted on G+ was positive and interested in seeing more about it.


Bryan Rombough asked, “Why are just the habitat modules covered by regolith? Are the benefits from the regolith covering (insulation?, radiation protection?, something else?) not needed for the other modules? Or would covering those modules somehow be a hindrance?

Some of the inspiration for this came from proposed concepts (both US and USSR) for moon bases. The principal reason for regolith cover seemed to be for radiation protection. It probably would provide some insulation benefit (principally sun shading), as well.

Presumably the base is there for activity on the lunar surface, so some surface access is needed. And the greenhouse obviously can’t be covered. But also, all that work is presumably time consuming and difficult, and EVAs are better spent on useful activities.

The modular nature of the base allows for future additions, which would be much more difficult with having to excavate and then re-bury modules in order to access them to add on.

Also, the habitat modules would likely need to be structurally reinforced in order to support being buried. Other modules could be lighter if that wasn’t required for them.

Habitats provide 50% coverage (figuring that sleeping and personal time being roughly half the day) so it’s a trade-off between exposure and utility.


A couple others joined in on discussing the medical module. The idea for this was that it would be principally a medical research and health maintenance space, rather than a treatment facility. It would not be a “sick bay” for recuperation and invalid patient care.  It would have laboratory and medical diagnostic gear.  It’s more of a medical research and health maintenance space, rather than a treatment facility.