[–] KyJoCa 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Hmm, no word yet on how they plan to transition from a crater that robots can operate in to one humanity can operate in.

It's still going to need a dome to maintain climate control, no matter how deep the crater is.


[–] 3AlarmLampscooter ago 

One word: subterrenes


[–] Brother_Shamus ago 

This article is pretty light on details, but other similar plans I have seen utilized caves or partially buried berm type dwellings near the crater walls. There is speculation that lava tubes might be accessible near those areas as well and would save having to excavate. The crater in question is too large for a dome to be practical with current technology. Covering a large fissure or canyon might be feasible, as is sometimes suggested for Mars.


[–] mburke1124 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This headline makes it sound like they are terraforming a part of the moon to have humans be able to stay there. While the grant seems to be more about setting up an interstellar gas station of sorts, and having MSL-class rovers (Curiosity size) doing surface experiments. Any way stage two funding isn't exactly huge, it is $500,000.

NASA is always up to cool shit.


[–] robotATTACK 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I agree: Cool story, but the title is a bit click-baity.

TL;DR as I read it:

  1. Set up solar reflectors to redirect light into dark, scientifically promising craters

  2. Solar-powered rovers can explore said craters and conduct surface experiments

  3. ???

  4. Terraform


[–] Peanutbuttered 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

It would be cool to watch them with telescopes though.